KHS students Erika Carlson, Nick Likeum, Eun Woo (James) Lim, Muhammad (Munib) Rehman and Ethan Witt recently participated in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge https://m3challenge.siam.org/, and tied for 7th place. The internet-based math modeling competition involved 1,152 teams from high schools all over the country. It’s put on by the Moody’s Foundation, a function of Moody’s Corporation, a financial corporation: www.Moodys.com. KHS teacher, Tim Larsen acted as the team’s math coach, though he was not permitted to assist them on the day of the competition. Students downloaded the problem at 8:00am and had to upload their solution by 8:00pm. “The great thing is, they had no idea what kind of problem they would be faced with, so they went in prepared to find some kind of model, communicate any conditions and background information/theory about it and put it to use in the context of the problem,” said Larsen. “They used a lot of the statistics concepts we’ve covered in class.” The team of students worked for several hours to develop their solution and had to assign one another individual tasks and collectively make tough decisions while they raced against the clock. Not unlike a workplace challenge, students had to work together, compromise and embrace personal responsibility. “They’ve all said that they ended up enjoying the experience and obviously feel rewarded for their efforts,” Larsen noted.