Fluvanna’s Regional 24 Math Team
PRESS RELEASE – April 24, 2017
On Thursday, April 20, 10 students from Fluvanna County Public Schools traveled to Orange County to participate in the Regional 24® Math Competition. The competition featured participants from Greene, Orange, Culpeper, Rappahannock, and Fluvanna County Public Schools, as well as Grymes Memorial School. Students in groups of four played four rounds of the 24® Game.
Participants play the 24® Game, which involves a deck of cards, each showing four whole numbers between one and nine. When presented with a card, the players strive to be the first to combine the four numbers to make 24 using only addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In addition to supporting pattern recognition, mental-math, and problem-solving abilities, this game has proven to elicit a high level of interest and excitement in math from students.
The 20 Fluvanna students who participated in the tournament were selected based on their performance in the District 24® Tournament held on March 29. All of the regional participants also received a Fluvanna Regional 24 Math Team shirts. Many of these students spent their spring break practicing with decks of cards and challenging their family members to play.
Four Fluvanna students advanced to the final round. Meghan Dech, Grade 7, earned 3rd place; Simon Price, Grade 4, Jamie Roth, Grade 6, and Javier Gonzalez-Rollins, Grade 5, all earned 4th place.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to practice their math skills and get a chance to meet and compete with students in our area,” stated Kenny Yowell, K-12 Math Specialist, who helped to organize Fluvanna’s participation in the tournament.
This competition encouraged parents to get involved in problem solving and talking to their children about the patterns of math.