Students outsmarted the competition in the Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Award Grand Final
After two-months of working together to solve high-level math problems, the advanced students from Oak Crest Private School in Carrollton won the 5th annual Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Award. The Grand Final competition took place on December 6th at the Microsoft Store in NorthPark Center.
Sarah Djamo, Sienna Lee, Ella Feilmeier and Arabella Arredondo from Oak Crest Private School competed against teams from Green Valley Elementary School, Jack C. Binion Elementary School, Grace E. Hardeman Elementary School, Lake Pointe Elementary School and Harmony Science of Dallas in the final challenge. A total of 31 schools representing Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD, Northwest ISD, Birdville ISD, Garland ISD, Arlington ISD as well as area private and charter schools competed in the math competitions held throughout North Texas over the past two months.
“At Oak Crest Private School, we place a heavy emphasis on ensuring that children can apply what they are learning in life, rather than just teaching them to be able to pass a test,” said Hildegard Jessup, Head of School. “This competition aligned perfectly with this view for the subject of mathematics, and Explore Horizons makes it fun for everyone who participates.”
The competition is designed in conjunction with the NRICH Project at the University of Cambridge with the goal of inspiring and challenging the mathematical minds of the young and gifted and uncovering the math stars of tomorrow. The competition encourages students to collaborate using advanced problem-solving abilities to answer applied math problems.
“We are very proud of the students at Oak Crest Private School and congratulate them on their success,” said Belinda Southgate, Head of U.S. Marketing for Explore Horizons. “It is inspiring to see the motivation and genuine enthusiasm of each team as they work together through each step of the high-level problem. All teams demonstrated fantastic perseverance, critical-thinking and dedication and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves!”
Explore Horizons provides enrichment and tutoring in math, reading and writing, for children of all abilities in Pre-K through 8th grade. Children become members and attend an Explore Horizons center up to twice a week on a drop-in basis. Each session is tailored to a child’s individual needs and Explore Horizons tutors work with students in a low 1:6 ratio to create an engaging and vibrant atmosphere for learning, where children make academic progress and are prepared for the challenges of middle school, high school and college.
- Tailored math, reading & writing curriculum.
- Inspiring, Explore-certified tutors.
- A vibrant environment that children enjoy.
- Aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
- Enrichment to stretch beyond the school curriculum.
- School testing & study skills preparation.
- Regular, detailed feedback for parents.
- Flexible membership- Open 7 days a week.
- Middle & high school preparation
Explore Horizons was founded in 2001 in the UK by Cambridge University mathematics graduate Bill Mills and was born out of the desire to help parents and children gain access to the benefits of a great education. It currently operates more than 140 centers in the U.K. The first center in the U.S. opened in March 2014 and currently there are locations in Plano, Garland, Fort Worth Frisco and McKinney. Plans to open centers throughout the United States and the globe are under way.
For more information on the Young Mathematicians’ Award, visit https://www.explore-horizons.com/schools/young-mathematicians-awards/
More information about Explore Horizons is available at www.explore-horizons.com.