North Hills School District fifth and sixth-grade students engaged their brains in Puzzle-lympics at North Hills Junior High on Feb. 8.
The five-event, problem-solving tournament challenged students with unique, original puzzles tested and developed by West View's gifted education teacher Martin Richter.
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The event is the only one in the area devoted to puzzles such as these in an elementary school. The events helps students to improve problem-solving skills in math, literacy, kinetic and visual perception and incorporates science and geography. It meets several state academic standards in math, science and geography.
The five tournament events are:
- Big Toe - A super-sized version of tic-tac-toe designed for three to five players using an entire sheet of graph paper.
- Two-Part Strangies - Contestants find a variety of associations between random nouns by completing Venn diagrams. It challenges students’ flexibility of thinking.
- Protractor Treasure Hunt - Competitors track down a mystery object using a map with angle measure and segment length clues.
- Cracker - A race against the clock to break large composite numbers into prime factors.
- Krazy Kubes - Contestants assemble increasingly difficult designs using groups of blocks.
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