Dordt University Math Challenge results

More than 200 high school students competed

More than 200 high school students from 12 area high schools competed in the sixth annual Dordt University Math Challenge on Tuesday, October 15.

Students tested their mathematical creativity with novel problems on two exams. They also engaged in breakout sessions that were led by Dordt mathematics and statistics professors with assistance from secondary mathematics education majors.

During breakout sessions, the students learned how to solve a murder mystery using mathematical clues, used mathematical modeling to give a Barbie doll an exciting bungee jump, learned how to teach a group of Skittles to play a simple game, learned the mathematics of connection, and solved mathematical problems for an amazing race across campus. They also tested students’ survival abilities through a dangerous mathematical battle and interacted with a career panel that included three Dordt alumni: a statistician from the Center for Public Health Statistics, a biostatistician at Mayo Clinic, and an actuary from Principal Financial Group.

“This event is an opportunity for high school students to test their knowledge and understanding of mathematics in individual and team competitions through both conceptual and non-traditional problems,” says Dr. Tom Clark, who teaches mathematics at Dordt. “Our hope is that students learn that math is bigger than algebra; it’s interesting, deep, and full of beauty.”

Participating schools

Boyden-Hull High School: Hull, Iowa

Brandon Valley High School: Brandon, South Dakota

Ellsworth Public School: Ellsworth, Minnesota

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School: Hartley, Iowa

Hills-Beaver Creek High School: Hills, Minnesota

Maurice-Orange City-Floyd Valley High School: Orange City, Iowa

River Valley Community School District: Correctionville, Iowa

Sioux Center Community High School: Sioux Center, Iowa

Sioux Falls Christian High School: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Southwest Minnesota Christian High School: Edgerton, Minnesota

Unity Christian High School: Orange City, Iowa

Western Christian High School: Hull, Iowa

 

Individual results

Ninth grade:

  1. Unity Christian High School
  2. Sioux Center Community High School (tie)
  3. Sioux Falls Christian High School (tie)

Tenth grade:

  1. Unity Christian High School
  2. Unity Christian High School
  3. Sioux Falls Christian High School

Eleventh grade:

  1. Sioux Falls Christian High School
  2. Brandon Valley High School
  3. Boyden-Hull High School

Twelfth grade:

  1. Unity Christian High School
  2. Unity Christian High School
  3. Sioux Falls Christian High School

 

Team results

  1. Unity Christian High School
  2. Brandon Valley High School
  3. Sioux Center Community High School

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University seeks to equip students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive college named to the best college lists by Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review. To learn more about Dordt University, visit www.dordt.edu.