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Math League : Infinity

On the 21st of November 2014, the Aditya Birla World Academy hosted a math league, called 'Infinity', which had some of the best schools from Mumbai participating in it. This annual Inter-School Mathematics League was in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.  “INFINITY 2014” was a student led initiative, driven by the Grade 11 & 12 IB DP and A level students. Says Neerja Birla, Chairperson, “Our basic aim is to stoke greater interest in mathematics and alongside raise the level of the intellectual curiosity of students.”

The league was unlike any other, as it consisted of a lexicon of challenges thrown at the participants, ranging from an individual ‘Clash of the mathematicians’ round, to the ‘Enigma’ team research round. For the Enigma module, every participating school selected a mathematical topic of their choice that related to the statement, “As far as the laws of Mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain they do not refer to reality”- Einstein.

It was fascinating to see students delve far deeper into math than 1000 page text books would ever allow! The research round made the participants question the validity of their pre-existing mathematical knowledge, by explaining complex mathematical ideas. The judges for the league were three professors from BITS Pilani, who brought their immense knowledge to the table. They asked the teams very pertinent questions, whose answers proved the depth of the participant’s research. There was also a very heated quiz round “QUIZZITCH”, which tested the speed and accuracy of the team members. This was conducted by two young IIT’ians.

This competition motivated both teachers and students to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics with emphasis on developing high-order thinking skills. Everyone's knowledge increased exponentially, and the learning was infinite. This math league managed to rekindle people's interest in the subject and sparked a new love for math in those who didn't love it already.

Result of Infinity 2014
Clash of mathematicians
Winners

School

Ashish Sangai Singapore International School
Jeremy Varghese
Bombay Scottish School

Math challengers
Winners

School

Soham Khadatre Bombay Scottish School
Jeremy Varghese
Bombay Scottish School
Aaryaman Sen Bombay Scottish School

Enigma
Winners

School

Nihal Jain Jamnabai Narsee School
Sanat Khurana
Jamnabai Narsee School
Dhrumil J.Doshi Jamnabai Narsee School

Quizzitch
Winners

School

Shwet Agarwal Singapore International School
Asish Sangai
Singapore International School
Viraj Rai Singapore International School
   
Runners  
Soham Khadatare Bombay Scottish School
Jeremy Varghese Bombay Scottish School
Aaryaman Sen Bombay Scottish School

CHAMPIONS: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL