This year, several of our grade 5 students from Degerloch and Sindelfingen joined Math Quest in Barcelona. It was an exciting few days for our students and teachers!
Find out more from this report by Saahil, Nathan, Jun and Rylan
We were very lucky because we had been chosen to go to Barcelona to do math and represent our school. It was a great experience and we would like to tell you all about it in this report….
We had to wake up very early, around 4 o’clock. We had a flight to catch at 6:30am. We met at the airport, and Jun gave us quite a scare when he nearly didn’t show up on time! Thankfully he showed up and we were able to board the plane with the ISS Sindelfingen team. On the plane ride we played video games, even though we should have been sleeping. When we arrived at Barcelona we had a quick breakfast, then we tried to figure out the train system. Unfortunately, we ended up going out of town and we were all MAD at the teachers. Then we took the train to downtown and we ate at a Tapas bar, which was really yummy. Then we went back to the airport and we took a bus from there to the Europa International School where they gave us our starting kits and told us some information about Maths Quest. At the end of the day our host families picked us up. They were really nice to us.
The Degerloch and Sindelfingen teams travelled together to Barcelona!
Saahil, Jun, Nathan and Rylan arrive in Barcelona
After waking up and having breakfast we came to the school where they told us all about the Math Trail. Our teachers weren’t allowed to be with us during the trail, because they might give us the answers. The people chaperoning us were from The American school of Barcelona. The Math Trail was held in the Pueble Espanol. It was hard but it was fun and the village was very beautiful. After that we got to buy things from shops, Mr Whitaker treated us all to an ice-cream and then we returned back to the school for the host families to pick us up.Team Degerloch tackle some of the Maths Trail questions
Friday was the main day of competition. We went back to the school where we headed to the theatre for a quick gathering, then we went to the library for the start of the individual challenges. There was a 30 minute break, then we had the team challenges where we did very well. Then we had lunch which was noodle soup, meat and tomato sauce. When we finished, we could PLAY.
In the afternoon we had practical challenges where we did not do so well. Next, we had a break before the investigation challenge. And then all the challenges were finished!
The school organised a party for us and we ate Pizza and played until the host families picked us up. It was 8 o’clock.
Individual Maths Challenges
On the final morning we had to wake up early because the flights was going to take us back to Stuttgart. We went to the airport by bus and we had a little bit of time for shopping.
Overall we thought Maths Quest was fantastic. The winning team was Oslo International School! Again. We finished in 11th place, but we had tried our best and were very proud of our score. We had a lot of fun and it was a great experience to go to Barcelona. We had luck to go sight-seeing and to go to parks as well as visiting the school of Barcelona.