The ISMT Junior Team Challenge
Seven ISH students had the pleasure of participating in this years ISMT Junior Team Challenge that took place in Vienna, Austria. They went head to head against 300 students from the International Schools community.
After arriving they visited the technical museum and the students got to experience different activities from a wheelchair simulator where they experienced the challenges a wheelchair user faces on different terrain to a screaming chamber where they measured the decibel level of how loud they could get.
The individual competition began on Saturday morning with eight rounds of five problems, and each individual had ten minutes to complete each round. These scores would decide the best mathematician out of the 300 students present, but they were also combined with the afternoon's team rounds for the best school team at the competition.
Students thanking the KLM Pilot for a smooth ride to Vienna
At lunch, we agreed to go for a walk to get some fresh air, taking a stroll around Vienna to look at its stunning architecture before returning for a curry lunch and some last-minute studying for the afternoon's rounds. We formed two teams of three with one student joining forces with a student from the International School of Milan.
It was an intense day and most of our cohort crashed out into their beds as soon as we were back at the hotel but some of us wanted to see more of Vienna. So we went out and got some shopping in, and we were lucky to see Vienna by day and by night. At dinner, we talked about the challenges we faced during the day and debated on the answers to some of the problems. We were proud of the student's hard work, and it was lovely to see how hopeful they were about getting their results.
Sunday morning started off with a very quiet breakfast; I don't think there was much energy left after the exertions that took place the day before but everybody went back to the university to get ready for the "Sunday Chase". In this activity, the students are mixed with students from other schools and together with a chaperone, they find clues around the city of Vienna that will help them to solve 7 further problems.
Students completing problems in a matter of 10 minutes
The cold weather encouraged the students to move quickly between the locations in order to stay warm and be able to start solving as quickly as possible.
Finally, the closing ceremony was upon us and our students grouped together to hear the results close to the friends they had made over the past 48 hours, ready to say their congratulations to each other.
There were a lot of tied places in the top 20 to show how high the standard was this year and when Lena's name was read out for finishing 6th overall, a huge cheer came from around our group. She was very shocked at first, but it was great to see her up at the front with her medal and her new Casio watch.
Although the students were disappointed not to have come higher in the team competition, we did have more success in the "Sunday Chase" with the team including Konstantin who came in third overall. Mrs Brouwer and I are very proud of all of the students and we keep getting better every year we travel to the Junior Competition. With most of our team being eligible to attend next year, we are confident that we will achieve even better results next year.