After two-months of working together to solve high-level math problems, the advanced students from West Birdville Elementary in the Birdville district participated in the grand finals of the 3rd annual Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Award last week at the Explore Horizons Tutoring and Enrichment Center in Colleyville.
Jennifer Avila, Raul Guerra, Michael Arana, and Christian Esquivel from West Birdville Elementary competed against teams from Lakewood Elementary, Richardson Classical Academy, Harrison Lane Elementary, and Bedford Heights Elementary in the final challenge. A total of 16 schools representing four school districts as well as area private schools competed in the math competitions held throughout North Texas over the past two months.
The competition encourages students to collaborate using advanced problem solving abilities to answer applied math problems. Each problem is designed to help build the skills necessary to apply mathematical concepts to real world problems in students looking to pursue a future in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
“We are very proud of the students at West Birdville Elementary and congratulate them on their success,” said Belinda Southgate, Head of U.S. Marketing for Explore Horizons. “It is inspiring to see the motivation and genuine enthusiasm of each team as they work together through each step of the high-level problem. All teams demonstrated fantastic perseverance, critical-thinking and dedication and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves!”
Pictured Left to Right: Michael Arana, Jennifer Avila, Raul Guerra and Christian Esquivel