TRU math club invites high school, university student teams to compete in math battle

Teams invited to math battle

High school and university students are invited to compete in a strategy-based math battle hosted by the Thompson Rivers University Student Union math club.

In a news release, event organizers said teams of four to eight members are now able to register for the fall event, which is geared towards high school students in grades 11 and 12, and first and second-year university students.

Kateryna Tretiakova, TRUSU math club president and fourth-year honours math student, has been competing in math battles since she was a high school student in Kyiv, Ukraine.

In a statement, Tretiakova said she wants to bring her passion for math to Canadian students through events like this.

“For high school students, it’s a way to see that math is not just numbers, and to see there are people who are actually excited about it,” Tretiakova said.

She said students don’t have to be the smartest to win.

“It’s a lot about strategy and teamwork,” Tretiakova said.

The club hosted its first math battle last February. According to the club, two teams competed, with a high school team from NorKam secondary school emerging victorious over the university students.

Tretiakova said many students weren’t sure about the math battle at first, but by the end of the event, “they loved it.”

“One of the students came up to me after and said, ‘That was so much better than I expected. I want to come again,’” Tretiakova said.

Event organizers suggest students can ask their math teachers for help to organize teams, or can put together teams of their own.

Teams can include students from different schools, or participants who are homeschooled.

More information, including rules for the math battle, is available on the math club’s website.

Registration is now open, and teams will be able to register until Nov. 5.

The event is scheduled to take place on Nov. 6.

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