Ruskin Elementary's Math Olympiad program revolves around math problem solving contests for teams of up to 35 students in grades 4 and 5. The Math Olympians meet weekly for one hour. Using various materials, Olympians explore topics and strategies in depths; solve non-routine problems in groups; and practice for the five monthly contests given from November to March. Furthermore, these contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.
The goals of Math Olympiad are:
To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
To introduce important Mathematical concepts
To teach major strategies for problem solving
To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
To strengthen Mathematical intuition
To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
With Principal Nunez's approval, the Math Olympiad program started in 2012 under the direction and guidance of parent volunteer, Mr. Lodenquai, and teacher, Mr. Amutan.
During the 2017-18 school year, 29 fourth graders and 16 fifth graders participated in the afterschool Math Olympiad program. Of all Math Olympiad competitors worldwide, Ruskin had 11 students placed in the Top 10%, 6 in the Top 25%, and 6 in the Top 25%.
Ruskin was one of 19 elementary schools in Santa Clara County (and one of only 4 in the City of San Jose) that competed in the 2017-18 Math League Contest.
Aside from Math Olympiad, Ruskin's Math Olympians may participate in the Continental Mathematics League (CML) contest in April. Students will be asked to complete thirty challenging, grade-level questions in 30 minutes. For more information about CML, please visit their website: http://www.continentalmathematicsleague.com/cml.html
During non-competition practice meetings, Math Olympians learn and play different strategy games which help develop their reasoning skills as they socialize with their peers.