A Salute to the Flag

In honor of Veteran’s Day, people around the country are flying American flags. For many people, finding flags to buy in stores was next to impossible due to the great demand.  Therefore, many of us got creative, and started making our own handmade flags out of paper, pins, construction paper, fabric, etc.

Best of 2018 School Competition

In honor of this year’s School Competition being released to registered competition coaches for our 2019-2020 Competition Series, see some of last year’s School Competition questions below!

Sprint Round, 19

Josie selected a number n. She divided n by 2 and then subtracted ½ from the result. She took half of that result and then subtracted ½ to get the final result of 10. What is the value of n?

Halloween Time!

Grady, Sophia and Ella Zappone were going trick-or-treating together down a long road with houses only on the right side of the street.  The addresses of the first three houses were 296 Boo Blvd, 300 Boo Blvd and 304 Boo Blvd, and the house numbers continued to increase by 4 down the entire road.  The kids decided to take turns knocking on the doors of the houses, so that Grady knocked at house 296, Sophia knocked at house 300, Ella knocked at house 304, and then Grady started the sequence over at house 308.  Grady will knock on the doors of a lot of houses.  When Grady gets to the first ho

Fall vs. Autumn

As the weather is turning cooler and daylight is arriving later in the morning and trees are starting to lose their leaves, many of us are noticing that summer is over and we’re well into fall.  Or is it autumn?  Mr. Kravis surveyed his class, and out of 28 students (with every student picking exactly one of the two options), the ratio of the number of students who called the season “fall” to the number of students who called the season “autumn” was 3:1.  How many students called the season “fall?”

Cider

Nancy and Tim have an apple cider stand at their school every morning during the fall to raise money for their club. Since September 23 is the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall and their first day of business will be September 23.

Getting Ready for School

It’s probably a little strange to think that some students started school last week, some have another couple of weeks of summer vacation and still others are just continuing with their year-round school schedule!  The date of the beginning of the school year has been a topic of debate throughout the last decade (and even before) in many areas across the United States.  But the trend is definitely leaning towards starting school earlier rather than later.  Basically, in the last 10 years, the percent of public schools going back to school before Labor Day has increased by 63%

End of Summer Pool Party

A town in South Dakota decides to have an “End of the Summer” pool party and invites all of the households in the town that have school aged children.

 

Twenty-seven households are invited to the party and the ratio of 5-person households to 4‑person households to 3-person households to 2-person households invited is 1:4:3:1, respectively. (The invite list did not include households of any other sizes.)  How many people from households with less than 4 people are invited to the party?

Summer Jobs

This summer Owen and Jack will both have part time jobs. Owen will be working as a lifeguard and Jack will be working as a server at a local restaurant. Owen plans to work 15 hours each week and will be making $7 per hour. Jack will make an hourly rate of $2.10 plus 18% of his sales in tips. If Jack averages $30 in sales per hour, how many hours will he need to work in order to make the same amount per week as Owen?

Thirst Quencher

In the summer months, a common problem people suffer from is dehydration – not enough water in their body. Waiting until you feel thirsty is not a good indicator that it’s time to drink water. In fact, once thirst has settled in, you are already dehydrated! A general guideline is that people should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. According to this guideline, how many gallons of water should a person drink in a day, given that 1 gallon = 4 quarts and 1 quart = 32 ounces? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.

Father's Day

For Father’s Day, Martin’s family is having a barbeque. Martin is making the lemonade. If the directions calls for 2 tablespoons of mix per quart of water, how many tablespoons of mix are needed to make 1.5 gallons of lemonade?