YCIS Gubei Campus Mathematics Department celebrated the 85th Anniversary in the spirit of the student learning focus for Reinvention: The Future Beckons. In their annual Pi Day on March 14th (3.14) throughout the Lower Secondary classes students were committed to numerous tasks and projects related to the symbolic meaning of π. Some students made bracelets with distinct coloured beads to represent each of the 10 digits of pi and to highlight that no pattern can be seen visually with the colourful array displayed on the bracelets. Others participated in a scavenger hunt where they digitally searched for information related to the number pi, π, such as finding the names of Chinese cities, which have something to do with a circular object, and famous people with birthdays on March 14th.
Significantly, in the context of the 85th Anniversary Teachers’ Conference Technology Keynote presenter Professor Nathan Holbert, the GB Campus Year 10 students held their annual Math Fair with a twist; students produced their own Smart phones apps, investigating the mathematics used for developing the functionality of the apps, and making sure they work correctly to achieve a win or score points.
In the context of their YCIS commitment to cultural interchange, exploration and investigation, the Year 10 classes also visited the Shanghai Han Xiang Water Expo Garden (上海韩湘水博园) where they examined the architecture of the Chinese bridges featured in the park. Students studied quadratic equations as preparation for the excursion, as throughout these gardens are many different and interesting architectural designs that lend themselves to modelling the use of mathematical equations. A Tracker programme was used to plot the arches in the bridges and make measurements, which they later used to determine the equations engineers might use in building bridges.
Some Year 7 students have been investigating and exploring their mathematics skills and understandings in examining how animations are made by looking at how midpoints on a coordinate plane help to smooth surfaces and different transformations move the objects left and right, up and down, and forwards and backwards.
More recently, two Gubei teams of Year 9 students headed to Beijing to represent the school in the British School of Beijing, Shunyi Math Olympiad where they placed an impressive 2nd place amidst 25 participating schools from around China. Also in March, YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus also earned a rating of first place within the international and USA schools that participate in the American Scholastic Mathematics Association Contests.