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2022 Math Hackathon Participant Experiences: Gabriella Frajtag

2022 Math Hackathon Participant Experiences: Gabriella Frajtag

About the Math Hackathon

Explorer Hop's Math Hackathon is a global math competition where contestants use math to solve one of our world's most pressing issues. The competition is open to students all around the world between the ages of 11 and 17 who are enrolled full-time in school. We welcome students of all different Math levels. Participants can join either as individuals (if they want to work on their project solo) or join as a group of 4 members (max), and work collaboratively with others.

This year's competition ran from June 4th to June 5th, 2022. Therefore, from the start of the competition, participants had 48 hours to submit their solution to the proposed problem for assessment by the Explorer Hop team. Following the assessment of all answers, participants were awarded prizes according to their rank, with the top finisher taking home a $100 gift card and the other contestants in the Top 10 receiving smaller prizes. All participants, however, received a certificate acknowledging their effort and completion of the hackathon.

If you feel that you're on the lesser experienced side and want to prepare first, there is still time to do so before the next competition (2023 dates: TBA). Please visit Explorer Hop's website and sign up for one of our many math programs now. These offerings have been individually curated and refined to cater to children and students from 6th grade (11 years old) to 12th grade (18 years old) so check them out now if you want to boost your math skills prior to our next hackathon (2023 dates: TBA)!

Young Math Whiz Gabriella Frajtag on Her Experience

The Explorer Hop team interviewed Math Hackathon participants on their experiences to help prepare future students and offer them insight into what it's like to compete.

Read on for a written version of our interview with Gabriella (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

EH: Tell us about yourself!

Gabriella: I'm 16 years old. I'm a senior in high school. I've always been involved with mathematics and I always like to go beyond what school teaches. 

EH: How did you hear about the math hackathon?

Gabriella: It was an Instagram post about opportunities for teenagers and high schoolers and I have been part of several hackathons but I love mathematics so this was a great opportunity to learn more about math and get more experience with it. Also, this would let me meet people from around the world. 

EH: What do you want to learn from the math hackathon? 

Gabriella: I want to get more experience with how mathematics is used day-to-day and what math is all about. 

EH: Do you think population density is a problem? 

Gabriella: We should care about population density and the population growth because the amount of food and places we have to live is kind of limited so we should care about this. 

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