Grauer Teams Compete in 2020 Mathematical Modeling Contest
From Peter Mannisto, Math Teacher and Mathematical Modeling Advisor:
From November 4 to 17, Grauer high schoolers participated in the 23rd annual High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). In this competition, students work in teams of four to solve a problem of real-world mathematical significance. They then explain their methods and results in a paper which is submitted to judges for evaluation. This is the fourth consecutive year that we have fielded teams for this contest, and for the first time, we had three teams competing!! The teams were as follows:
- Team #1: Amanda C. '21, Ava I. '21, Isabella F. '21, Thalia M. '21
- Team #2: Erik H. '21, Kevin M. '21, Gabriel S. '21, Jason W. '21
- Team #3: Joshua B. '22, Lourdes F. '22, Gage G. '22, Abby M. '22
The teams could choose from 2 different problems, as in previous years. Team #2 and Team #3 chose to solve a problem asking students to develop a ranking system for best summer jobs for a high schooler in Summer 2021. This ranking system would take into account certain aspects of a student's preferences (and perhaps other variables - it was up to the teams to decide which variables were relevant) and use those preferences to generate a ranked list of summer employment recommendations. Team #3 chose to solve a problem asking students to develop a plan for efficiently allocating funds for biodiversity conservation in Florida. As usual, both problems are clearly interesting, practical problems and well worth thinking about!
All three teams put in at least 2 full days of work as a team, together with extensive time on weeknights and weekends to get their papers finished. All three teams deserve congratulations and kudos for a job well done! Judging for this competition will be finalized sometime in January.
What story will you tell your grandchildren about the Great Pandemic of 2020?
In this year like no other, here's a story from Dr. Grauer that celebrates past and present Thanksgivings.
What can you do to help teens get through the pandemic and improve their mental health? There is a very simple solution, with a lot of research to back it up.
For the 4th year, Grauer students participated in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM), where students work in teams of four to solve a problem of real-world mathematical significance, and then explain their methods and results in a paper which is submitted to judges for evaluation.
The Grauer School Surf Team organized a friendly competition, with pairs of students competing in shortboard, longboard, and finless divisions, earning points for their teams based on their placement at the end of each heat.
8th Grade English students have been reading "Lord of the Flies". They've been paying close attention to character development throughout the novel, writing down quotes and observations about assigned characters, which they used to sketch pictures of the main characters.