Kumpf School Holds A Math Scavenger Hunt For Middle School Students

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Members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and teacher Cristina Faro pose for a photo (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

Members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Math Scavenger Hunt teams and teacher Cristina Faro pose for a photo (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — Students at Carl H. Kumpf School in Clark participated in a Math Scavenger Hunt Activity Night on the evening of Oct. 25. Over 100 middle school students in grades 6-8 participated in the event. Students were able to register a team of up to four students from any grade. All teams were able to create a team name and dress in coordinating outfits the night of the event to display unity.

When students arrived, each team received a packet with information. The information packet supplied each group with a clue list for the scavenger hunt, a definition sheet and scrap paper. Each group was also given a ruler to measure items throughout the activity. Students were to use all resources given to them, as well as any prior mathematical knowledge, to complete the scavenger hunt.

Mathematics teacher Cristina Faro organized the event. The students met in the cafeteria where the rules were explained and they were made aware of any penalties that could be given by the hallway supervisors. Some of the penalties included a two-minute wait penalty for any team seen running and disqualification for sharing answers.

Teams were sent off into the school to find mathematical clues throughout the hallways and gymnasiums. Clues included addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of various problem types, as well as measurements of geometric shapes and comparisons. A “Super Clue” was placed in the school, which counted for two points towards the team’s total as opposed to just one. Students used the clue list given to navigate throughout the school from clue to clue.

Once 20 out of the 30 clues were completed by a team, they returned to the cafeteria to have their answers checked. The first three teams to complete 20 clues correctly won prizes. When all teams returned to the cafeteria, the winning teams were announced and all students were able to enjoy snacks provided by the PTA.

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