Grand River Chapter
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 00:00

2016 Mathletics Competition

The youths are the future of our country. They are also the future of the engineering profession. This noble vision drives the PEO Grand River Chapter to conduct the 6th annual Mathletics to promote the importance of mathematics and engineering among the grade students. It is a competition among grade students from the Kitchener-Waterloo region and surrounding areas on the subject of mathematics. Questions were focused on the relevance of engineering in practical life designed to enrich the knowledge of the young minds. It is an exciting time-bound competition composed of two rounds, an easy and a difficult round, for both the juniors (grades 5 & 6) and seniors (grades 7 & 8). Although the competitive spirit was in the air, the contest also promoted sportsmanship and new knowledge to the students.

The popular event was held in the Richards Building in the University of Guelph and was participated by 60 students from different elementary schools in the Grand River region. It was a mild spring morning of March 26th and the atmosphere inside the lecture hall was energetically hot and filled with excitement.

The competition started at 8:30 am and ended up at 12:00 noon. Junior category winners were Bandon Landsborough for second place while Joshua Varghese and Himain Perera tied for first place. Senior category had a triple tie on the third place, Yifan Wu, Tabitha Wong and Saba Shariati. Second placer was Gabriel Salisi and first placer was Andy Dong. Andy Dong garnered a perfect score. The questions were challenging for their level, so it is a testament to the high quality of math education in our region.

The event was organized by PEO Grand River chapter volunteers Ryan Spencer, Mohanad Al-ajaj, Jeff Bueckert, Steve Reid, Alieda and Jonathan Velasco. Student volunteer from the host university Carlos Lopez Argueta was also instrumental in the success of the event.

The search for the next Mathletics champion continuous, and the organizers are encouraging fellow engineers to help support and promote the competition to families and friends. If you are interested to volunteer and help promote the engineering profession to the youth, please contact the education committee chair at


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