GUST Hosts High School Math Competition
Kuwait City, 13 April 2021: The Math and Natural Sciences Department at GUST held the 7th annual High School Mathematics Competition on April 3. The competition had six high schools represented from Kuwait, the American school of Kuwait (ASK), the Canadian bilingual school (CBS), the British School of Kuwait (BSK), Ajial bilingual school (ABS) submitted two teams, Kuwait National English School (KNES), and Al-Bayan bilingual school (BBS). Due to the current global pandemic, the competition was held virtually for the first time as students joined on Microsoft Teams, and the whole competition lasted three hours from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
There were three parts to the competition. Each school had five minutes to present any mathematical topic of their choice, followed by a short Q&A session. The presentations were assessed by five judges from GUSTs Mathematics Department, based on five criteria: creativity, mathematical concepts, mathematical communication and representation, responding to questions, and presentation structure. Also, each team worked together to complete a set of 10 challenging math problems. Lastly, an individual speed round took place where every student competed to get the most questions right, taking place via Kahoot, a game-based learning platform that uses multiple choice quizzes accessed via web-browser.
Awards for the top three teams were a Huawei smartwatch for first place, JBL headphones for second place, and bluetooth speakers for third place. In first place was ASK, while in second and third place were BSK and BBS respectively. The individual rankings were Moheb Eskaross of BSK in first place, Hessa Al-Kharafi of BBS in second place, and Hind Al-Nisf of BBS in third place.
Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Harun Aydilek "The Mathematics & Science Department, and the Mathematics Foundation Unit hosted the first-ever virtual competition, which brought together over seven teams from private and public schools. Promoting the importance of mathematics among youth across the country through a friendly competition that utilizes their skills."
Previous editions of the competition saw students participate and compete in person. The consistency to hold the event annually is a testament to GUSTs staff and faculty's determination to maintain community outreach and relationship not just in GUST but also in Kuwait.