On Friday 21 February 2014 the third annual ‘Rhodes University Mathematics Experience’ took place in the Barratt Lecture complex of Rhodes University. Around 270 learners from almost every school in the Grahamstown District spent an afternoon solving mathematics problems and engaging in ‘serious fun’. The afternoon kicked off with a 20-Question maths competition requiring ‘out of the box’ rather than conventional thinking. This was followed by a talk by Dr Martin Weigt from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University who entertained and inspired the learners while the teachers marked the papers. The afternoon ended with a prize giving ceremony in which Dr Ken Ngcoza and Prof Ric Bernard, Dean of Science at Rhodes, awarded the prizes which included three full scholarships for study at Rhodes. A prestigious new prize this year was the award of a trip to the SANSA Space Science facility in Hermanus.
The event, which is fast gaining a reputation in mathematics education circles (it is being replicated at centres throughout the country) was organised by a group of enthusiastic Rhodes academics and local teachers who feel that the mathematical talent of local learners needs to be stimulated. This is in line with recent policy shifts which have identified the need to improve the quality of the mathematics education in our schools. The event was wholly sponsored by Rhodes University this year, with logistical support from the FRF Mathematics Chair.
At the closing ceremony, the chair of the organising committee, Mr Andrew Stevens, explained that one of the main purposes of the event is to identify hidden talent amongst local learners and to continue to develop this talent through a structured programme in the coming months as part of the ‘Siyanqoba’ initiative of the SA Mathematics Foundation.
Results of the 2014 RU Mathematics Experience competition are as follows:
Grade 7- 8:
1st Sebastian Paton St Andrew’s College
2nd Sally-Anne Allsop Diocesan School for Girls
3rd Daniel Erasmus St Andrew’s College
Grades 9 & 10
Tie 1st Nicholas Kroon St Andrew’s College
Teigan Zoutendyk Diocesan School for Girls
Tie2nd Nick Murray St Andrew’s College
Kai Mason St Andrew’s College
Grades 11 & 12
1st Timothy Mountford St Andrew’s College
2nd Benjamin Stijkel St Andrew’s College
3rd Nicholas Wilkinson St Andrew’s College
Rhodes Bursary prizes: Benjamin Stijkel, Nicholas Wilkinson, Sarah Purchase.
SANSA Prize: Imivuyo Ranuga (Mary Waters), Ntombizanele Booi (TEM Mrwetyana).
|Alexandria High School||Riquelina Plaatjies|
|Archie Mbolekwa||Sandisiwe Selunathi|
|Diocesan School for Girls||Teigan Zoutendyk|
|Graeme College||Asher Pearse|
|Graeme Primary||Lutya Mhlali|
|Ikamva Lesizwe Public School||Tariro Sithole and Nokuthula Sineli|
|Khutliso Daniels Secondary School||Athenkosi Mtana|
|Kingswood Junior||Tariq Rouhani|
|Mary Waters Secondary School||VuyolwethuZumani|
|Nathaniel Nyaluza||Asikelewe Nakele|
|Nompucuko Combined School||Malibongwe Mamba and Gmanda Xhaliphi|
|Ntaba Maria||Siyabulele Sandi|
|Ntsika Secondary School||Sikelela Nxumalo|
|St Andrew’s College||Nicholas Kroon|
|TEM Mrwetyana||Ntombizanele Booi|
|Velile Secondary School||Sinazo Raco|
|Victoria Girls High School||Sumaiya Vawda|
|Victoria Primary||Emma Roch|
For further information about the event, please contact the Chairman of the organising committee, Mr Andrew Stevens of the Education Department, Rhodes University. Telephone 046 603 8610 or e-mail on A.Stevens@ru.ac.za
Last Modified: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:51:26 SAST