Minds Inspired adds mathematics challenge

Dart’s Minds Inspired inaugural Mathematics Challenge took place on Friday, March 22 at the University College of the Cayman Islands. Minds Inspired is an initiative which embodies the Dart family’s approach to, and philosophy of, pursuing educational excellence and it also provides opportunities at the high school and university levels for scholarships.

In the 2013 Mathematics Challenge, there were 34 competitors from 6 schools. First place in the individual round went to Vincent Lachance, a student from St. Ignatius High School and first place for the team round went to the following team members: Joanna Tibbetts, Layman Scott High School Cayman Brac; Sabrina Weber, Grace Christian Academy; and Hannah Ebanks, Cayman International School.

Other winning recipients in the individual round were second place winner, Sabrina Silva, Cayman International School and third place winner, Thomas Wolfe, Cayman International School.

Jackie Doak, COO Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. was on hand to witness the Mathematics Challenge: “Minds Inspired is an all-encompassing initiative which focuses on making education increasingly accessible to the youth of Cayman. The Mathematics Challenge goes one step further though. It does not stop at accessibility rather it actively promotes and encourages students to become involved in mathematics in a setting other than their classrooms.”

“Enhanced skills in mathematics and science allow us all to become better problem solvers, critical thinkers and decision makers, and innovators. Through Minds Inspired, Dart is delighted to encourage our youth to make deliberate choices for their education which include mathematics and science,” she finished.

All high schools in the Cayman Islands were invited to participate and there was no registration fee thanks to a sponsorship from Dart Cayman Islands. This year’s participating schools were:

Grace Christian Academy, St. Ignatius High School, John Gray High School, Clifton Hunter, Layman Scott High School Cayman Brac and Cayman International School.  Each school was allowed to enter up to six students.

At the start of the Challenge, students were welcomed by Glenda McTaggart, Learning and Development Manager at Dart, and then Daniel Bryer, the Challenge Director and Maths Teacher at Grace Christian Academy provided an overview of the competition and the rules of the challenge. The students were first tested in a series of eight individual rounds, each lasting 10 minutes. After the individual rounds participants were treated to a complimentary lunch – refueling their brains for the team round in which teams were randomly selected from different schools as designated by the Challenge Director.

A team of Maths teachers was on hand to score, tabulate and determine the winners.  First place in the individual round – Vincent Lachance – received an iPad Mini, second place – Sabrina Silva – received Beats Headphones and third place – Thomas Wolfe – received a $100 gift certificate from the Mac store. In the team event, the winning team members were each awarded a $50 Camana Bay gift card.

“The aim of the Mathematics Challenge is to encourage pupils to stretch their academic abilities, work as a team and develop critical thinking skills,” said Glenda McTaggart. “We look forward to growing the Mathematics Challenge in the years to come and inspiring students to really challenge themselves academically.”

Dart Cayman Islands encompasses a number of businesses that operate in Grand Cayman and is also the developer of the Town of Camana Bay.  For more details, visit www.dartenterprises.biz or www.camanabay.com.

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