2012 Creative Thinking Contest
Students split into teams of two this week and were given six challenging problems to solve in class. The problems covered a wide range of creative and critical thinking areas - basic arithmatic, pattern recognition, logic, lateral thinking, geometry, riddles, creative reasoning, and picture puzzles. My hope was to challenge students to stretch their thinking across the many areas we have tapped into this semester in class.
And the stakes were certainly high, as students were vying not only for the title of contest "Winner", but also for the winning prize of...holiday chocolates! (:
It was interesting to note the varying approaches taken by each team. Some teams took the "divide and conquer" approach and split the problems between the two teammates, with each member essentially working independently. Other teams adopted a more unified approach, working through each problem together, brainstorming various approaches and possible solutions until they reached a consensus on the final answer. All of the teams worked very hard and completed nearly every problem in the time allotted.
Congratulations to Michael and Charlie, the "Winners" of our Creative Thinking Contest! (And thank you both for sharing your sweet prize with the rest of the class)!