CIE/USA-DFW held its flagship youth program, the 2013 MathComp/ MathFun on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Collin College Spring Creek campus from 12 pm to 5 pm. The event attracted more than 300 students from Grade 1 to 7 with over 900 people participated. The event was an overwhelming success. It showed a great interest of the community to the CIE’s efforts in building, growing, and strengthening the youths’ math problem-solving skills and talents.
The event featured mathematical competition, math-related fun activities, and parenting seminar. MathComp provided an opportunity for the young students to demonstrate their math problem solving skills. Test questions for the MathComp were developed by a team led by Ms. Yixin Yang, a former principal at Dallas Modern Chinese Language School. MathFun was an interactive program allowing parents and children to work together to solve math puzzles and play math games aimed at stimulating students’ interest in mathematics. This year 16 sponsors, and local non-profit and academic organizations participated in the MathFun activity including math puzzles, games, sudoku, chess, science projects, math education material, robotics and Snap Circuits Jr., a fun way to learn about circuits and electricity! It was challenging and intriguing fun that attracted many students to think hard and explore the secret.
While students were participating in math competition, there was also a wonderful Parenting Seminar by Mr. Bruce Yeh, a Harvard Dad, to show parents how to grow up with their children. He shared his experience in educating his children and guiding them to achieve success, and inspired parents to lay down a success and productive roadmap for their children from their early ages all the way to college.
During the award ceremony, the CIE president, Dr. Yu Meng gave a motivational speech, To Sport Math, to the kids, parents and teachers, encouraging them to keep exploring the world of math. Dr. Lisa Wang, a famous speaker, educator and the president of Think and Speak-Up, presented an inspiring speech “To Be the Best Friend with Yourself”. The audiences learned a lot while having fun with the speech.
MathComp/MathFun this year was led by Dr. Xinfen Chen and Dr. Jihong Chen. There were about 120 volunteers involved and participated in the organization of the activities. Among these volunteers, about 40 of them were from the FACSS of UT Dallas, and several organizers were from the North Texas Chinese Culture Promotion Association. The sponsors this year include AT&T, Deloitte, IBM, Oncor, Lockheed Martin and Texas Instruments. The lunch for the volunteers was provided and sponsored by Cindi’s New York Delicatessen. CIE/USA-DFW appreciated the great effort from the members and volunteers who participated in the MathComp/MathFun, and the students and parents for their strong support!