QUICK THINKING: Peace students Lillie Salter and Indiana Windolf work hard to solve maths problems.
QUICK THINKING: Peace students Lillie Salter and Indiana Windolf work hard to solve maths problems. Ali Kuchel

Maths comp keeps students' brains racing

PRIMARY school children from across the Lockyer Valley came together for a morning of competitive maths at Gatton State School.

A total of 29 teams of students from seven schools took part in a series of fast-paced activities which tested logical thinking and problem solving.

Gatton State School teacher and event organiser Shane Krog said the competition had grown since it started in 2014.

"It's the most number of teams we've had in the past three years," he said.

The competition is designed to dispel maths as a "dry and boring subject" and Mr Krog said throwing in elements not often seen in the classroom drew kids in.

"With the mathematical relay that we do it means that it's involving running around and it makes maths a little bit more fun," he said.

"Adding the competition element to it, the kids really enjoy that."

Grantham State School student Helena said the activities, including group problem solving, a relay and puzzle wrangling, kept her on her toes.

"You're a bit nervous because you're watching everyone else running around," she said.

"I love maths but this makes it much more fun."

It isn't just maths whizzes who thrive, as students who don't usually enjoy the subject can often be swayed by the excitement of the day.

"Hopefully by coming to something like this they can start to really enjoy it a bit more."

Teams from Lake Clarendon State School, Gatton State School and Our Lady of Good Counsel took home the trophies for the Years 4, 5 and 6 divisions respectively.


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