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Math, Science Take Spotlight

Math-A-Lon/STEAM Fair Winners

Edison Environmental Science Academy took home the trophy in the 2019 Math-A-Lon, while Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts won the CIS Middle School STEAM Fair earlier this year.

Both events, organized by the Kalamazoo Public Schools math department, celebrate math and science skills through a series of creative challenges.

The CIS Middle School STEAM Fair took place at Milwood Elementary School. Teams were from Maple Street, Hillside Middle School, and Milwood Magnet School: A Center for Math, Science and Technology, and consisting of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, participated in a two-part competition.

In the Math-A-Lon portion, students demonstrated problem solving, spatial reasoning, and solved problems involving rates, ratios and percentages. The teams then tackled the engineering challenge in which they modified a remote-controlled car to perform a variety of tasks such as picking up paper clips, carrying wooden blocks, and pushing balls through a goal.

Edison won the elementary school Math-A-Lon, which tested teams of third through fifth graders in a variety of math events. Students worked as a team to solve a series of math calculations, individually solved math calculations in a relay race format, located numbers on a 100s chart using a set of math clues, calculated the area and perimeter of a series of two-dimensional figures, and constructed a structure from colored blocks based on a series of logic clues.

Teams were formed from students in the Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo 21st Century afterschool programs, with CIS staff serving as team coaches.

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