SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Super Bowl of Math brought hundreds of elementary school students from across northern Santa Barbara County and beyond to the Santa Maria Fairpark for the annual competition.
Hosted by the Orcutt Union School District, the Math Superbowl features teams of students from nearly two dozen elementary schools.
The event is designed to challenge students with problem solving in both an individual and team competition.
"It's all around math but it's also teamwork and communication and preparation and creative thinking and problem solving and all different kinds of skills, the things they are being asked to do in class now as part of their regular math instruction", said event organizer and Orcutt Union School District teacher Cathy Lake, "it's really come out of the new standards where it's not just an emphasis on growth memorization and memorizing formulas, it's more about the creative side of math."
The "math-letes" are also challenged with collaborative building exercises.
"It's a competition but it's really not about walking home with a trophy or a ribbon", said organizer and Orcutt Union School District teacher Cathy Lake, "it's really about the experience of being here and working with your team and having all the prep that you've done up to this point pay off and it's more about having fun and you'll see that with the teams as they cheer on winning teams even if it wasn't their winning team.
The year's Math Superbowl included individual and team honors with the winning school team coming from Ralph Dunlap School in the Orcutt Union School District.