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The Ōtaki College Einstein Shield – Problem Solving Challenge

posted 15 Sep 2015, 14:50 by OC Web   [ updated 15 Sep 2015, 15:22 ]
On Wednesday, 9th September, primary schools in the Ōtaki area brought teams of Year 5 and 6 students to College to take part in the inaugural, annual Einstein Shield Problem Solving Challenge. This was a competition involving mathematics, logic and construction problems that were to be solved in their teams, over the course of the morning.

The competition was open to all Year 5 and Year 6 students in the Ōtaki area. A preliminary quiz was held during the third week of this term, as a qualifier to select the top three Year 5’s and top three Year 6’s from each school in the area. These students were then invited to attend the Einstein Shield, to represent their respective schools. Each team was assigned a Year 9 Ōtaki College student as a mentor.

The purpose of the competition is to foster a passion for mathematics and problem solving, especially that outside of a classroom context, to build on relationships between Otaki College and contributing schools staff and students and to challenge students through group activities.

There was an awesome response to the qualifying quiz with over 140 entries from five local schools. All of the schools fielded highly competitive teams, with wonderful abilities and inquisitive minds. The competition was hotly contested, with almost every team in with a chance to win coming into the last challenge. The students showed great problem solving skills and were enjoying all the tasks given. Congratulations go to Te Horo School for being the 2015 winners of the Einstein Shield and the holders of the trophy for the next year.

Jade West (Year 9 student) wrote the following account of the day:

Kids Time to Shine 
On Tuesday the eighth of September, Ōtaki College hosted their first ever Einstein challenge. Five different schools took part in this event, Te Horo School, Ōtaki Primary, Manakau School, Waitohu School and Kapanui School.  The day was made up of a series of different problem solving challenges which tested the schools teamwork and problem solving abilities.  After A series of six different challenges Te Horo School gained the title of Ōtaki College’s first ever Einstein challenge winners. Overall the day was fun but challenging and hopefully this event will carry on throughout the years.


Enjoy the photos.