Pinoy kids bag 126 medals in Singapore math competition

The Philippine team collected 126 medals at the 4th Singapore International Mathematics Olympiad (SIMOC) held in Singapore from July 7-8, 2018.

The Philippine team at the Singapore International Mathematics Olympiad Challenge (SIMOC) Photo courtesy of Cecile Kasilag.

The SIMOC is a unique concept of mathematics competition, which, according to its website, not only tests the ability to solve mathematical problems but also tests the ability to work as a team to play interactive mathematical games and solve puzzles.

The Filipino team, composed of 116 Grade 2 to 11 students from various schools in the country, was able to join the contest through the efforts of the Asian MathSci League Inc. (AMSLI).

They won 14 gold medals, 43 silver medals, and 69 bronze medals, with some students receiving multiple medals across three different categories.

Sixteen countries including the Philippines participated in the competition.

During the event, the SIMOC group, headed by executive director Henry Ong, kept the teacher-coaches busy with a day-long training aimed to improve the teaching of mathematics.

Invited representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) likewise attended mathematics-related seminars conducted by professors from the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Singapore.

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