Math Olympiad

    ​This club is open to all interested mathematicians in 4th and 5th grades at Douglass Elementary School.

    Created in 1977 by Dr. George Lenchner, an internationally known math educator, the Math Olympiads went public in 1979.  In 2014, nearly 150,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads.  All 50 states and about 30 other countries were represented.

    Douglass' 4th and 5th grade Math Olympiad club meets weekly for about 45 minutes.  Club members explore a topic or strategy in depth, using Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics (or other sources), or they practice for the contests, using problems from both Math Olympiad Contest Problems Vol. 1 & 2.  Additional details can be found on the Math Olympiad's Program Website.

    The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, given from November to March.  No traveling is required.  These contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.  The District Tournament is held in the spring where many BVSD students represent their school by competing in the Math Olympiad team and individual competitions.

    Math Olympiad Goals

    • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
    • To introduce important Mathematical concepts
    • To teach major strategies for problem solving
    • To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
    • To strengthen Mathematical intuition
    • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
    • To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges

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