Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Award: Not Your Average Math Competition

November 17, 2017

As educators, one of the most fulfilling parts of our job is when we see a student find their “aha!” moment in the classroom. Helping a student towards this moment can be challenging but very rewarding.

In a recent radio interview, Audra Garna, a 3rd-5th grade teacher in Birdville ISD, discusses how the Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Award has helped her students understand the real-world applications of critical thinking and problem solving through math. “Math is all over the place and a lot of times they (students) don’t realize it. A lot of times when I taught high school, my students would say ‘when are we ever going to use this?’ And well, they might not be using that exact computation skill, but all the skills that are going along with it, all those problem-solving skills and the way they think to get through to that math answer, those are skills that never go away and they will use through-out life.”

Arriving at the correct answer is only half the battle when problem-solving, and sometimes there may be more than one correct answer, both in life and in our math competition designed with real-world applications in mind. “At some point, kids can no longer just regurgitate facts. They’re going to have to use logical thinking to figure out more than just math problems. Explore Horizons brings in a curriculum that we can utilize to stimulate and foster the type of thinking that they (students) need for future S.T.E.M. careers.”

Listen to the full interview with Audra Garna by clicking the SoundCloud link here: https://soundcloud.com/user-736612195/sunday-morning-mag-explore-horizons

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