The Purple Comet is a team-based contest in which teams of up to 6 students work together to solve 20 problems in 1 hour. The contest takes place in April, and has a middle school and high school level contest.
This year the Bard Math Circle hosted 3 teams:
Team Math Circle (Middle School Mixed) with 4 students
Manitou School (Middle School Small) with 3 students
Van Wyck Junior High School (Middle School Large) with 4 students
2014 Purple Comet at Bard (I think this is the first year we hosted the Purple Comet. Our records are pretty weak.)
Bard Math Circle Team 1 (Middle School, Mixed Team)
Katie Houston, Brian Wu
Answered 6 of 20 problems correctly, placed 67th out of 99 teams competing in the USA.
Bard Math Circle Team 2 (Middle School, Mixed Team)
Issa Leifer, Wyatt Gibbons, Camille Savarese, Balthazar Loglia, Nathaniel Parker
Answered 9 of the 20 questions correctly, placed 4th out of 8 teams competing in NY and 44th out of 99 in the USA.
Bard Math Circle Team 3 (Middle School, 401 and up)
Hunter Nelson, Daniel Rose-Levine, Douglass Appenzeller, Emily Appenzeller
Answered 6 of the 20 questions correctly, placed 42nd out of 66 teams competing in NY and 298th out of 591 in the USA.
Great Results! One of our teams tied for 2nd place in NY State!
Middle School Mixed Teams
(13 team(s) participated)
• First Place: Akisivorma (The New York Math Circle) with 10 out of 20 correct.
• Second Place(tie): Decimals Have a Point (Bard College), Anaxagoras (Speyer Legacy School) with 6 out of 20 correct.
The Purple Comet is a team-based middle school math contest (with a high school and a friendly option for parents and math teachers also available).
We offered the Purple Comet contest at Bard College on Friday, April 13th, 2018.
Team: Van Wyck Team ( Middle School)
Team ID: T252478
Contest Level: Middle School
Contest Level: Contest Category: MS Small
Number of Correct Answers: 12
Rank: Overall 42 out of 498, United States 17 out of 214 NY, 3 out of 12
Team: Team Alpha ( Middle School)
Spring 2018 Meet Results
Team ID: T217690
Contest Level: Middle School
Contest Level: Contest Category: MS Mixed
Number of Correct Answers: 9
Rank: Overall 106 out of 498, United States 51 out of 214 NY, 4 out of 12
Alexi Safford (alternate)
This year’s Purple Comet contest will take place on Saturday, April 18th.
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The Purple Comet is a a team-based middle school math competition for students in grades up to the 8th!
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 14th – there is still room to register!
For more information visit the Purple Comet tab!
Purple Comet at Bard!
This semester, the Bard Math Circle will be hosting the Purple Comet Math Meet for middle school students. Unlike other mathematics competitions at the middle school level, the Purple Comet Math Meet gives students the opportunity to work in teams of up to six. This teamwork gives them valuable experience working on mathematics in a collaborative environment, which is rarely experienced in school but is at the core of what professional mathematicians do regularly. The contest covers topics seldom included in the normal curriculum, including set theory and elementary number theory, and poses exceptionally challenging problems. On February 9, Bard undergraduate Math Circle organizers held the first preparation session, which allowed students to acclimate to a group-work environment. On March 2, there will be a session on strategies for working in groups efficiently and general problem-solving approaches. On March 16, the Math Circle will hold a mock contest. The final contest will take place during the first week of April. For more information please visit the Circle online at bardmathcircle.org.
About the Bard Math Circle
The Bard Math Circle, founded in 2007 by Bard math professors Japheth Wood and Lauren Rose, bridges the gap between academic and recreational mathematics. Current leadership includes Bard undergraduates Eliana Miller and Jake Weissman, and Bard MAT student Joy Sebesta, who work with faculty advisers to run monthly library programs in Tivoli and Kingston, as well as several contest programs. The Math Circle is a joint project of Bard’s Mathematics Program, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and Trustee Leader Scholars program, a student leadership development initiative enabling undergraduates to lead hands-on community service projects. The Bard Math Circle has been instrumental in helping Bard become a center for mathematical exploration in the Hudson Valley.
This post was a press release from Bard College: http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2530