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Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival
Kyle Gatesman (left), an eighth grader at Frost Middle School in Fairfax, VA, won $1,000 from the AMS and a TI-Nspire CX from Texas Instruments playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) in Washington, DC on April 25. Kyle was one of eight students from DC, MD, VA, and NC who participated in the game on Friday afternoon in front of about 150 people.
Front row, left to right: Kyle Gatesman, Frost Middle School (VA); Parker Garrison, Crossroads Academy (homeschooled, NC); Viacheslav Adamyants, Russan Embassy School (DC); and Veronica Balick, Mount de Sales Academy (MD)
Back, left to right: Isaac Stevens, Springbrook High School (MD); Jack Lindsey, St. Albans School (DC); Max Goldberg, Walt Whitman High School (MD); and Frank Zhang, Sandy Spring Friends School (MD )
Videos from the game (the acoustics in the exhibit hall weren't very good, sorry):
A slideshow of photos from the games:
Created with flickr slideshow.
Isaac with his "check" and TI calculator.
Kyle was almost as quick in the Square-Off Round as he was in his game one tie-breaker, again answering first with the correct answer. This earned him another $500 and a spot in the Bonus Round--a chance at another $2,000. Unfortunately, Kyle didn't get this one right, but he still earned $1,000 for the afternoon. Here are all the prizes and cash won by the eight contestants:
Thanks very much to our sponsors: the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician technology sponsor Maplesoft, Texas Instruments, and John Wiley and Sons. Thanks also to the teachers who arranged for their students to come, to Laura Angle of USASEF and to the A/V people at the festival, who arranged the logistics for Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
Photos by Anita Benjamin, Assistant Director of the AMS Washington Office. Text by Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Office and host of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. (Not pictured: Bill Butterworth, Who Wants to Be a Mathematician co-creator and technology guru.)
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