An annual end-of-school-year project for the seventh grade is to host their “Math Carnival” for the fifth and sixth grades. The event is a creative, practical, and, most importantly, fun exercise in theoretical probability.
Leading up to the carnival, the students developed games of skill or chance like those you see on the midway of a fair. They then came up with a theoretical probability of someone being able to win the game. The students then played their games 200 times and made note of their success rates to determine the probability of an average person winning their game, which they compared to their theoretical probability.
The morning of June 22nd, the seventh grade set up their games in the CMS gym to put them to the test. The entire fifth and sixth grades visited to try their luck at the games. Anyone who won a game earned tickets that they could redeem at the Math Carnival prize table for toys and gadgets.
The event was organized by math teacher Carolyn Barone and the seventh grade teaching team as an enjoyable way for the seventh graders to put their theories to the test, play host to their younger schoolmates and help introduce our fifth graders to Chatham Middle School.