Maths Olympiad team captain Simran Chahal (front) swings her team's gold medals, with (from left) Chloe Sctott, Ryan Idder, Jan Scott, Ben Thorpe and Delaney Greenwood.
Maths Olympiad team captain Simran Chahal (front) swings her team's gold medals, with (from left) Chloe Sctott, Ryan Idder, Jan Scott, Ben Thorpe and Delaney Greenwood. Crystal Spencer

Mathematics whiz-kids win award

AN elite group of Banora Point High School students can tell you the volume of timber being felled in the Amazon rainforest.

The dedicated Year 8 mathematicians can also calculate the deforestation's effects on the ozone layer.

This research won the six students gold medals in the North Coast Maths Olympiad, maths teacher Oskar Chikosh said.

“They had a maths challenge where they had to select an environmental issue themselves and research all the mathematics related to that,” he said.

“They chose the deforestation of the Amazon and connected it to the maths they learn at school.”

The team spent all of term three studying this topic, and looked at things such as the maths involved in being a conservationist.

“They gave up a lot of their free time - lunch times and at home,” Mr Chikosh said.

“They were also given a whole set of abstract-type problems, and as a team they had to solve them.”

This year was the first time the school has entered the North Coast Maths Olympiad, which stretches from the Hunter Valley region through to the Queensland border.

As well as gold medals, the team also won their school an interactive smart board, which Mr Chikosh said will be a welcome addition to his classroom.

Team captain Simran Chahal said it was great to win first place and she looked forward to protecting their title next year.



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