Algebra Camp boosts math skills for eighth-graders

Algebra Camp boosts math skills for eighth-graders
Posted on 04/18/2019

Eighth-grade Algebra 1 students recently participated in the fifth annual Super Algebra Camp held at Pica Pica Plaza.

Students had the opportunity to work in teams with their peers from all four middle schools on various activities to earn points. The students enjoyed working together as they bolstered their mathematical skills in a fun and engaging way. 

This year, each team learned how to encode and decode information using matrix multiplication. Students were able to use numbers and matrix multiplications to arrange words and get the message: “Keep calm and Algebra on.”

“Students expressed enjoying decoding the messages because it was something they had never seen before, and they found the activity challenging,” Harlandale ISD Middle School Math Instructional Coach Darlene Roebuck said. “We have an amazing group of students who have a bright future ahead of them.”

After hours of friendly competition, the camp announced the winners. The grand prize was a TI-Nspire calculator!

This year’s winners are Marlene Baez (LMS), Matthew Talamantez (HMS), Andrea Medina, Dominic Guerrero, Carlos Medina (KMS) and Landon McAlexander (TWMS).

HISD Math Coordinator Gaby McMillian and Roebuck expressed their gratitude to their administrative assistant Cynthia Guerrero for all her help in preparing the camp, as well as their colleagues in Curriculum and Instruction for volunteering their time during the camp.

Also, a special thank you to teachers Jesus Muniz (TWMS), Patricia Prince and Marcus Perez (HMS), Brooke Leonard (LMS) and Caroline Macias and Rebecca Solis (KMS) for all their work and dedication in serving our Algebra 1 students.

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