MOEMS — Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS – http://www.moems.org) is a large and popular mathematics problem solving competition for students in grades 4-8, run by a non-profit organization. Last year nearly 170,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. All 50 states and about 30 other countries were represented.
Our own French Math Teacher, Nicolas Giot, organized a MOEMS tournament on our campus on Friday, April 13, inviting students and teachers from two local independent schools, The Grauer School and Warren Walker School, to participate along with a group of SDFAS Middle Schoolers from the Math Club. Altogether, we had 6 teams of 5 to 6 students, along with their math teachers.
It is worth noting that the MOEMS competition is for teams, not for individuals, and that each team today was composed of members from each of the three schools.
Beyond the mathematical component, the tournament strengthened the links between our schools, created an opportunity for students who did not know each other to develop their collaborative skills by working together to solve problems, and opened the door for new friendships to begin.
MOEMS GOALS as explained on www.moems.org:
• To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
• To introduce important Mathematical concepts
• To teach major strategies for problem solving
• To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
• To strengthen Mathematical intuition
• To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
• To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges