This past Thursday, November 5, Littleton High School took a group of high achieving math students up to the CSU campus in order to compete at the CSU Math Day. It was the first year that LHS was in attendance, as they joined the other LPS schools in an all day competition against schools from all over Colorado. The competition started off with a PROBE (Problems Requiring Original Brilliant Effort) exam, which was then followed by team competitions. The LHS team that made it the furthest had a record of 4-2 at the time of their elimination and consisted of seniors, Cole Becker, Jake Bloom, and Colin Cannon.
The competition was a unique experience for all participants due to the nature of the event. None of the students from LHS had ever really competed in a true all day math competition, so it offered a new experience to everyone that went.
“I think it was great to go out and have a unique opportunity to express and show our math skills in something other than a classroom setting. Also, there was comradery that came with it, especially in the team competition, which made it a good team building activity,” said senior Jake Anderson.
Due to the nature of the math competition, students were able to explore interesting math concepts that they may not have encountered in the classroom. This allowed for students to test their adaptability, while also getting the opportunity to compare their math capabilities to students across Colorado.
“The best aspect was that I got to do math problems that I enjoy and that were different than most things I do. It was cool being able to experience something like this, as it isn’t like anything else. It’s unique,” said senior Jake Bloom.
While the competition was about competing against other schools, it offered a unique environment for students to show their command of various math concepts.
“I think that it was definitely the team aspect that made it more unique, because usually when you’re doing math, you’re doing it individually, and it is a lot different when you have people to support you,” said senior Caroline Kern-Allely
The competition allowed for students to engage and interact with other students who had a similar interest in mathematics. This allowed for students to see how they faired against others outside of LHS.
“I think that it fosters a love for math between a bunch of people in high school. And there were a lot of people there who were genuinely interested in math, which was cool,” said junior Marina Cannon.
The overall competition was a success, as the participants really enjoyed the experience. Going into the future, students and math teachers alike are hoping to make CSU Math Day an annual tradition.