Saturday, March 14, 2009

Washington State Math Olympiad (Grade 5-8)

I actually have three sons. My godson is currently a 5th grader. He is very bright and just started his endeavor in math competitions. His team will compete in the Washington State Math Olympiad. I just dug out the training materials for him.

Here are problems from the past.

1997-1998 http://home.blarg.net/~math/wsmc/prior.html
1999- now http://www.wsmc.net/olympiad/

More study materials at http://www.wsmc.net/olympiad/study.htm

It has been ten years since my older son took his first math competition at WSMO. The journey has been incredibly rewarding. I am glad that I will get to enjoy it all over again. Best wishes to the young and fearless child!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

New mission

I listened to our new president's state of union address and was so touched by his ambitious goal in education. He said, "In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity -- it is a pre-requisite." And then he set his vision, "by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world."

This is a subject that I am passionate about. I have been searching for effective ways of education by learning from scientific results and success stories in real world. I experimented them on my own children.

I believe the goal can be achieved and I hope to contribute a bit toward the grand vision.