First day at camp: Cantamath/Mathwell/Mathex and IMO Experience

Finally the time has arrived!!! The January Camp has actually begun!

Wondering what we've been doing for the day?

 

After check-in and lunch, the campers got into 8 groups and competed in the fierce competition of Cantamath/Mathwell/Mathex (whichever one you would like to call it; we'll call it Cantamath because the rules resemble Cantamath the most.) Because the students' brains have been dormant during the holidays, the staff needed to prepare some easy problems (e.g. Yr 10 Mathex problems) to get the students' brains going. 

Students competing in Cantamath. Kevin Shen (standing) is approaching the marking table to see if his team's answer is correct.

Students competing in Cantamath. Kevin Shen (standing) is approaching the marking table to see if his team's answer is correct.

After two rounds of Cantamath, the camp coordinator (Alan Parris) announced that Team A (George Han, Miles Lee, Johnny Mottershead) was victorious both rounds! 

George Han (Third on the left waving at the camera) is celebrating their victory! Their prize was a moro bar each :)

George Han (Third on the left waving at the camera) is celebrating their victory! Their prize was a moro bar each :)

Once the Cantamath finished, Alan further challenged the students with exciting puzzles including Odd One Out, Logic Puzzles, and the most brain-teasing Samurai Sudoku!!! The results are to be released this Friday along with the successful squad members.

After dinner, the 26 students gathered up and listened to Alan Parris and Chris Tuffley to grasp how exciting and exhilarating IMO can be.

Alan Parris (facing the camera) explaining why New Zealand is the best country in the IMO.

Alan Parris (facing the camera) explaining why New Zealand is the best country in the IMO.

Chris Tuffley (standing) sharing some of his IMO stories. Chris has been the IMO leader since 2010.

Chris Tuffley (standing) sharing some of his IMO stories. Chris has been the IMO leader since 2010.

Students inspired by how awesome IMO can be!

Students inspired by how awesome IMO can be!

The end of the night was decorated by Martin Luk's video, who went to the IMO in 2014.

Martin Luk (standing) preparing for the video

Martin Luk (standing) preparing for the video

Part of Martin Luk's video

Part of Martin Luk's video

After a day of fun, we begin the lectures tomorrow, which include Algebra, Combinatorics, Number Theory and Geometry; they're also fun (believe it or not). 

We will get back to you with more photos and stories tomorrow. Keep your eyes on this website and see how much fun we're having at camp!

- Photos and post by Ian Seong