RIPLEY - Students in grades three through six had the chance to participate in the second annual Math 24 Tournament on Thursday, May 30 at Ripley Central School.
Many RCS students and families gathered in the cafeteria to enjoy pizza, cake and an event filled with excitement. Math 24 is a card-based game with four numbers on the face of each card. Students must mentally manipulate the numbers using addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division to reach a total of 24.
When the student believes he/she has solved the problem, the student must slap the card and verbally go through the steps to the solution. The table judge affirms the answer, and the student is awarded the card. Based on the difficulty of the problem, card values range from one to three points. At the end of each five-minute round, scores are tallied, and students move to the next table with a new group of opponents.
Students focus on the final play of Ripley Central School’s second annual Math 24 Tournament. Pictured from left to right are RCS teacher Justin Akin, Naomi Fisher, ultimate winner Danielle DiBenedetto, Rachel Shioleno, Jazlynn Kimmy and Rylee Kuhn.
The students participated in three rounds of play and then a total score was calculated to get the "final four" players. These students then faced off in a final round. The first place winner was fifth grader Danielle DiBenedetto, second place went to Luke Ormsby, third place to Naomi Fisher and fourth place to Rylee Kuhn.
All the students had a great time and are excited for next year's tournament. The goal of the tournament was to bring families into the school to build a positive sense of community and to challenge students against each other in a mental math fluency game.
The tournament was coordinated by a group of teachers, including Justin Akin, Michelle Lukasiak and Kathy Machemer, who are participating in a Professional Learning Community as a part of RCS Professional Development.
At the conclusion of the tournament, each student got to take home their own 24 game, pencil, bracelet and certificate of participation.