The Prince William County Office of Mathematics sponsors the 24 Challenge® tournament for all Prince William County Schools each year. The tournament provides students with opportunities to practice and to build a foundation of computational fluency in an engaging and fun way.
The 12th Annual Challenge 24 Tournament is scheduled for April 6, 2013!
See the links below to learn how to have your students participate in this fun math tournament.
Record Breaking Turn-out for the PWCS 2012 Challenge 24 Tournament!
The Office of Mathematics hosted its eleventh annual Prince William County Mathematics Challenge 24 Tournament on April 14th at Godwin Middle School. Over 100 students participated in this exciting tournament, from 21 different elementary and middle schools. By winning grade level competitions at their individual schools, students earned the honor of representing their school at the county tournament. The news release below names the Division winners of the 2012 contest.
News Release - announces winners of the tournament (April, 2012)
What is the Game of 24?
Mathematics is the science and language of patterns. Students will look for patterns to make 24 using all mathematical operations appropriate to each grade level. The program has evolved as an effective means of reaching a broad spectrum of students within a community with the message that “Math is Fun. I can learn math.”
How do students learn about this game?
Students are introduced to the game in the beginning of the year, and then some cannot get enough of the game. Students in grades 3 through 9 not only practice basic mathematics facts in the areas of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, exponents, and algebra, they become adept at mental math, communicating mathematically, validating their thinking, and recognizing multiple ways to solve problems. The added benefit is that all this thinking and problem solving is disguised as a game, thereby helping to create a new generation of thinkers.
Create the number 24 from the four numbers on a game card. You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. Use all four numbers but use each number only once. Example: One solution to the card shown on the left is: 2 x 4 = 8
Create the number 24 from the four numbers on a game card. You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. Use all four numbers but use each number only once.
Example: One solution to the card shown on the left is:
2 x 4 = 8