Math Enrichment Program

March,  2016.

Congratulations to our Math competition team, successfully done from their Annual Mathematics contest ( 6 contests for Junior & Senior ) – ( October 2015 -> March 2016 )

                           ( American Scholastic Mathematics Association )

Soon!!    Both Junior & Senior team will celebrate their success!

 

Awards will be given in June to the Top 4 of  SJB Math competition team

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May 4th, 2015.

American Scholastic Competitors,  Both Junior & Senior team celebrated their success! at a Pizza Lunch.

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May 1st, 2015.

Eight of our Students had participated in BC High Schools Math Contest at UFV.

Beside writing the contest, Students had fun with more than one type of mathematical activities. ( It was a great experience and a fun day for everyone )

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BC High Schools Math Contest at UFV. – May 1st, 2015

 

March 12, 2015,

Congratulations to our Math competition team, successfully done from their Annual Mathematics contest ( 6 contests for Junior & Senior ) – ( October 2014 -> March 2015 )

                           ( American Scholastic Mathematics Association )

Soon!!    Both Junior & Senior team will celebrate their success!

Pictures will be posted!

Awards will be given in June to the Top 4 of  SJB Math competition team

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December 6, 2014,

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Four SJB students had participated in the math enrichment program, “A Taste of Pi”, at Simon Fraser University, on October 18, November 17, and December 6, 2014 .

Kyrin Feng, Cristina Wang, Colin Ellis-Sarauer, and Catherine Ellis-Sarauer were among 72 gifted math students from Lower Mainland to partake this unique learning experience.

The following is Catherine and Colin Ellis-Sarauer’s  reflection on the A-Taste-of-Pi program:

“A Taste of Pi” is a wonderful experience! It gives one the chance to delve into the deeper meaning of mathematics.

During our first time at SFU in the “Taste of Pi” program, we learned that some animals need to have more of their kind around them in certain patterns in order to be comfortable, as well as the statistics behind discovering new game plays for sports.

At the second one we went to, we learned about frequencies and how the human ear connects with them, as well as a deeper meaning behind the significance of stargazing, such as the discovery of exo-planets.

During the third and final one, we learned about the ties between philosophy and mathematics and the contributions, made by great philosophers, to the world today. We also learned about genetic diseases and the study of those who are not affected by these illnesses, even in their old age. This program is truly fantastic to attend!

We would like to thank Dr. Christine Tsou for choosing us as nominees for this incredible program, as she has given SJB students the chance to experience local universities and the math enrichment opportunities they give. We congratulate all future “Pi Tasters” on being nominated to go to “A Taste of Pi”, and hope they have just as much fun, if not more, than we did, and that they realize the importance of mathematics in our world.

October 18, 2014,

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Professor, Dr. Leah Edelstein, started the first session with her new research, “Swarms, Flocks, and School”, to introduce   attraction force and repulsion force with algebra equations. Students learned how the rates of change of distance between individuals (birds, ducks, bees, etc.) reflect their velocity of movements.

A-Taste-of-Pi is a mathematics enrichment program offered by SFU Department of MathematicsFaculty of Science, and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences. It is one of prominent programs offering high school students a unique opportunity to explore mathematical and scientific applications in real world. This program challenges students to excel and transforms them into critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Through participating in this enrichment program, many students developed a strong passion for seeking advanced mathematical knowledge. Some even discovered that they could achieve much more than they ever thought possible in their journey of learning mathematics.

Let’s rejoice for our students’ outstanding achievement.

For more information on SFU’s  A-Taste-of-Pi program, please refer to the following website:

http://www.sfu.ca/math/students_teachers/taste-of-pi.html

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May 3, 2014,

Congratulation to SJB math genius who performed brilliantly at the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) annual math contest .

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Congratulation to SJB!

April – 2014,

SJB’s math whiz kids performed extremely well at the Math Challengers competition at University of Fraser Valley today. As a result, both SJB’s grade 8 and 9 teams were qualified for the upcoming provincial competition at UBC on March 8.

Special congratulation to Young Jae Jung won the FIRST PLACE among 200 contestants. His problem solving skills outshine other masterminds and impressed the UFV mathematics faculty. A true mathematician in making!

Canadian Math Challengers Society is a unique enrichment program to challenge grade 8-9 students with stimulating and thought-provoking questions. Math Challengers offers local, regional, and provincial tournaments yearly for youths in building skills and promoting strategic problem solving. At each tournament level, all students participate in two individual contest rounds, then in a team round, and finally the top ranked students take part in a head to head buzz-in question-and- answer session (similar to the TV quiz show, “Jeopardy”), where the overall individual champion is decided. Most questions require creativity and persistence in order to work out a possible solution. For more information, please go to the Canadian Math Challengers Society’s website: http://www.apeg.bc.ca/mathchallengers/CompInfo.html

Let’s rejoice for our students’ outstanding achievement.

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October 05, 2013,

SJB Math Whiz Kids at Simon Fraser University

Six math whiz kids from St. John Brebeuf Secondary School experienced A-Taste-of-Pi at Simon Fraser University on October 5, 2013. Along with other 50 BC gifted students, they enjoyed Dr. Wittenberg’s presentation — Functions and Chaos, a contemporary application of mathematics. From exploring iteration of functions to implication for predictions, these gifted students learned to use a simple rule to calculate complex functions.

After learning Dr. Wittenberg’s cobweb construction, these students were surprised by Dr. Côté’s research on lionfish: The ultimate invader. From Dr. Côté’s presentation, they realised the need to keep the venomous lionfish population in check and protect the native marine ecosystems of the Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean.

A-Taste-of-Pi is a mathematics enrichment program offered by SFU Department of MathematicsFaculty of Science, and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences. It is one of prominent programs offering high school students a unique opportunity to explore mathematical and scientific applications in real world. This program challenges gifted students to excel and transforms them into critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Through participating in such an enrichment program, many students developed a strong passion for seeking advanced mathematical knowledge. Some even discovered that they could achieve much more than they ever thought possible in their journey of learning mathematics.

Photo (let to right): Matthew McGregor, Karl Carpizo, Vincent DiTomaso, Shayne Oberhoffner, Alex Lee, and Irene Lee

Matthew McGregor wrote: 

My time at Simon Fraser University was outstanding. I am currently in grade 10, taking Pre-Calculus 12 math. I attended the Taste Of π course and thought it was indubitably intriguing. During the program, we learned about chaos in repeated mathematics functions. Chaos occurs after a function is repeated so many times that it looks abstract and no longer like math. Also during A Taste Of π, we learned from a marine biologist about the sudden population increase in the mysterious lion fish. The lion fish is a dangerous fish that is eating many important sea creatures. It is eating them at such a fast rate that they are not reproducing fast enough to survive. Therefore, many of the creatures that the lion fish eats are decreasing in population. The marine biologist talked about interesting ways of attempting to get rid of all the lion fish. For example, we can cook and eat lion fish just as we do salmon, tuna, cod and more. The Taste Of π course was an amazing program and I can’t wait for the next two classes and hopefully I can attend it in the following years.

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May 8, 2013,

Congratulation to Ayden An!

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Ayden won the second place at the University of Fraser Valley’s annual BC High Schools Math Contest (Final Round) and received $1,000.00 scholarship. He outshine many other top math students across BC.

Ayden’s extraordinary problem solving skills impressed many university faculty members. He managed to solve various challenge questions in both algebra and trigonometric sections.

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October 13, 2012,

 

There were five SJB math whiz-kids: Matthew McGregor, Alex Lee, Rachel Choboter, Jack LeGresley, and Eric LeGresley who experienced “A Taste of Pi” (mathematics enrichment program) at Simon Fraser University. The program started with Dr. Dukes’ Finite Geometries and the Set Game that challenged all 83 masterminds from 40s high schools throughout BC. Through the three basic objects at the heart of planar geometry: points, lines, circles, Dr. Dukes inspired students to see the Steiner systems in statistics and applications of electrical engineering.

After the Finite Geometries section,

Dr. Forde presented: How do our cells work?This was portrayed in the approach of Physicists via Biology.Students learnedhow the E. coli swim and  how the Kinesin transports cargo in a cell.

They also discovered other contemporary researched topics within human cells.

A Taste of Pi is a unique mathematics enrichment program at Simon Fraser University. It offers high-school students an opportunity to see the multifaceted application of mathematics and to connect mathematics to science fields. It has been a privilege and indeed an honor that the students of SJB were repeatedly selected to participate in such a meaningful academic event at SFU.

Let us rejoice for our students’ receiving such a wonderful learning experience at a competitive university level.                  

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