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2022 Math Hackathon Participant Experiences: Selina Wu

2022 Math Hackathon Participant Experiences: Selina Wu

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 Selina Wu 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 Selina (Markham, Ontario, Canada).

EH: Tell us about yourself!

Selina: I'm in grade 8 and I attend William Berczy Public School.

EH: Do you like solving math problems?

Selina: Math is fun because there are a lot of numbers and you get to solve a lot of problems which might seem bad because it's challenging but it can also be fun once you solve the problem because you feel rewarded.

EH: What school subjects do you like? 

Selina: One other subject that I really enjoy is art. 

EH: Why did you want to join the math hackathon? 

Selina: I just really wanted to do more math and have more experience in competitions. 

EH: What message do you have for kids who want to learn about math

Selina: People can use math to solve problems that are important around the world, not just for things that are math-related but you can also solve other types of problems.   

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