Klamath Falls student organizes ‘Math Madness’ competition

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A seventh-grade student in Klamath Falls has calculated an unusual competition that adds up to a lot of fun =  ‘May Math Madness’.

Ponderosa Middle School student Beau Stork had no idea so many classmates would show up to do math on a Tuesday night. He said, “We were planning, hoping for 30, 40 – we ended up getting 178 sign ups.” That’s nearly a third of the total number of students at Ponderosa.

Stork says the concept for ‘Math Madness’ is a mix of sports, and education, “We had the idea for the event using the bracketing from the NCAA tournament for basketball into a math competition.”

“There’s basic rounds,” explained student Anushka Nandy. “You get some questions from your math curriculum that you’re doing, and then you just compete with your fellow school mates.”

As part of organizing the event, Stork went out and got sponsors for trophies and prizes. “People have donated Fitbits, Kindles, stuff like that – electronics,” added Nandy.

The event added up to a big success for Ponderosa. “I was surprised,” said Stork. “The reaction was really over the top from what we expected.”

Beau Stork says he began working on the ‘May Math Madness’ effort back in August.

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