Developed over 18 years ago by math teacher Alan Bredehorst, Mathletix is a program which emphasizes math skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving. Grade-level teams of third, fourth and fifth graders compete against teams from Meridenís elementary schools for a city-wide award.
The Mathletix team's intent is to target students with higher-order thinking skills. Students qualifying for the team compete both individually and as a team. The Mathletix season runs from November to late March. Matches are held after school and a healthy snack is served to the youngsters. An awards night is celebrated in May.
Since the inception of the program, Meriden Rotarians have served as community judges for the team problem-solving part of the event. Each grade level team is given a problem to solve as a group with a spokesperson chosen to present both the solution and its rationale to a Rotarian as judge. Teams are scored and these scores are a part of the total school score for each event.
Mathletix is a fun way for Rotarians to both participate in the local school system as well as to see first hand what and how our students are learning (the healthy snack doesnít hurt, as well). While not every Rotarian is sure that he or she can be a good judge, these young students quickly put them at ease and we are happy to report that we have not lost a Rotarian yet! In fact, most come back and volunteer to serve again.
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