This week some of our school’s most enthusiastic mathematicians took part in an annual competition named Purple Comet. This competition differs from others that we participate in – such as the AMC, ASMA, and World Maths Day – in that students actually work as a team. They are allowed to collaborate, talk, look up information in books, do anything basically, apart from use a phone or the internet.
Each high school team, comprising 6 students, has 90 minutes in which to answer 30 challenging questions. There is also a middle school version of the contest, which has 60 minutes in which to answer 20 questions.
This competition has proved popular with students at our school in recent years due to its collaborative nature. It is much more fun racing against time as part of a group, than on your own in an exam hall.