On Friday, April 24th, over 500 students from across Long Island made presentations at the final round of the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University. 8th graders Alessandra Fraim and Christian Kritas as well as the 8th grade team of Noah Negri and Alessandro Rossi all received medals for their presentations.
“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 school math teacher.
Receiving a bronze medal for her project, Fraim’s topic focused on the probability of games. Kritas presented on math in engines and received a silver medal for his report. Team Rossi and Negri presented on math in music and received a bronze medal for their joint project.
“We 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 1200 students in grades 7 through 12 from Nassau and Suffolk counties 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 in February to the judges. Students who make a successful presentation are invited to participate in the final round.