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On November 14, 93 students in grades 6-9 chose to participate in the Concours Castor—a worldwide mathematics contest offered to French schools across the globe. The contest aims to introduce computer science, logic, and algorithmic thinking as a way to solve problems. “The questions are more like mental puzzles, not exactly like the math we learn in school. It makes you think logically, without trying to recall something specific that you’ve done in class,” shared 8th-grade student, Eve.
The contest is a 45-minute challenge consisting of 12 interactive problems, all completed online. “What I found most challenging was finding the most efficient way to answer the questions in the fastest time possible. I learned better time management skills through doing this,” said Eve. Fellow classmate Berta was challenged to work through new processes and different ways of thinking. “It makes me feel good about myself because I did something outside my comfort zone.”
The competition ended on November 19 and results will be available once data is compiled and participants ranked.