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Eighth Graders Participate in LI Math Fair
Posted 03/07/2013 01:15PM

On Friday, March 1st, over 1,200 students from Nassau County presented at the preliminary round of the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair held at Hofstra University.

Peter Le Porin and Luna Splendori, both eighth graders at the Waldorf School of Garden City, took part in the competition.

"The competition involved researching and writing a paper on a topic in mathematics, presenting that research before judges, and answering questions posed by the judges," said Ms. Deann Reyes, Waldorf’s middle and high school math teacher.

"Peter’s topic focused on probability – specifically 'casino math' and the odds of playing different casino games. Luna researched the Fibonacci sequence – specifically the history behind the Fibonacci numbers and the significance of the Fibonacci sequence in math, the human body, nature and more. All of us are all extremely proud of their hard work and fine achievement!"Reyes continued.

The Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair is an annual competition sponsored by the Nassau and Suffolk County Math Teachers’ Association as well as the New York Metropolitan Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The competition invites nearly 1,200 students in Grades 7- 12 to conduct independent research on a math topic that interests them. Once a paper is accepted by the review committee, the students make a 15-minute preliminary round presentation to the judges.

Both students made outstanding presentations and should be proud of their efforts. Congratulations to LePorin who will participate in the Math Fair's final round on Friday, April 26th.

Peter Le Porin

Luna Splendori

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