the will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
48 student contestants. 16 teams. two grade six and one grade 5 in each team. all competed for the Philippine Institute of Quezon City (PIQC) 1st Interschool MathSci Challenge 2014.
my 11-year old boy represented his dear school Diliman Preparatory School Mindanao Campus. and after the whole day competition, his school placed 4th.
we stayed at the PIQC the whole Saturday. the contest was composed of three rounds — the elimination, semi-final and final.
the elimination was in the form of a written exam consisting of math and science questions. individual scores of each team member were accumulated to decide which group made it to the semi-final. luckily, first-born did great in science thus qualified for the semi-final with his two other teammates. the elimination round started at 9:30am.
top ten teams in the elimination qualified for the semi-final round which started at 1:30pm. on the semi-final, a quiz master read the questions and a representative of each team wrote the answers on a paper provided by the organizer. the round was consisted of two parts– brains-volt-in and dice-it-challenge.
the top five teams in the semi-final round based on the team scores qualified for the final round. semi-final round scores were carried over to the finals. on the final round, a question on either math or science was directed to one team and the team had the chance to pass or answer. if the team was unable to correctly answer, other teams were given a chance to steal for points. however, when answered incorrectly, points were deducted.
it was on the final round that i truly realize first-born’s dominant character — he is one happily unworried guy. he would dare respond to a challenge even if he would lose points for every incorrect answer. it was his strategy– he told me — because his group was way behind the leading team and only by taking the risk to answer the problem would give them the chance to improve their team score.
i am so proud of you, first-born! keep it up and i hope that the PIQC 1st Interschool MathSci Challenge 2014 brought many learning and fun memories.