TES students achieve outstanding results in the SE Asia Mathematics Competition
Students of the Taipei European School (TES) who attended the 2015 South East Asia Mathematics Competition (SEAMC) taking place in Hong Kong recently had outstanding performance in the contest, according to a TES press release.
Some 40 international schools from across the region were in attendance, all of whom have been working hard all year to prepare for this prestigious event. Each school brought along two teams and each team had three students, TES stated.
TES achieved third place in the overall team competition, third place in the team round, third place in the “passback” round, came first in the activity team round and an individual champion award was won by Alex Lee among of the 240 students.
These are by far the best results TES has had and is a testimony to the high levels of passion and dedication of our students, said TES.
Steve Warry, an enthusiastic teacher from Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur, had a belief that mathematics could be a “spectator sport.” In pursuit of this, he organized the South East Asian Mathematics Competition ( SEAMC) for March 2001. Tragically, he passed away a week prior to the competition, but the event went ahead and Steve’s dream became a reality, according to TES.
SEAMC has evolved into an annual 2-day event organized by local volunteer teachers on a rotational basis throughout the region. Hundreds of international school students, aged 15 or younger, and their teachers come together for a long weekend (usually at the end of February) each year to share their enthusiasm for mathematics and problem solving. Each school enters two teams of three students and the Warry Cup is awarded to the overall winning team each year.
Every SEAMC event has five common rounds and then the host country adds more bespoke rounds according to facilities and resources available. The five common rounds are: Two individual multi-choice papers, a team question paper, a carousel of practical team activities and an “energizer” round.
While there exists a healthy competitive spirit, emphasis is on providing opportunities to build friendships with peers from other schools. This is emphasized through the buddy team rounds, said TES.