Issue 118 Jan 2017

First place in National Mathematics Talent Quest

Finn McDonald is a young mathematics student to keep an eye on!  The talented young Arden student received first prize in the National Mathematics Talent Quest (Year 1 category) and was also awarded first place in the NSW Investigating with Mathematics Competition.  Finn’s project looked at the distribution and sales of the popular Andy Griffiths novel 65 Storey Treehouse.  An excited Finn shared:  “Maths is everywhere. I really liked using maths to investigate how popular my favourite book is.”

Two other Arden entries also achieved first place in the NSW Investigating with Mathematics Competition – Year 6 students Brandon Lam, Chloe Lam and Oliver Barry who researched mobile phone plans, and Year 3 student Caden Wu who studied the height of NBA players.

Finn was also awarded a medal for his perfect score in the Year 2 ICAS Mathematics Competition and was one of only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region awarded medals for their outstanding achievement out of over 980,000 entries.

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