Math challenges earn points to Hometown Hockey

The Salmon Arm Atom A hockey team is hosting a six team tournament. Kelowna, Vernon, Summerland, Kamloops, and Penticton are all coming to the tournament. If every team is going to play each other one time only, how many games will need to be played?

An NHL ice rink has dimensions of 25.9m x 60.96m. The corners have a radius of 8.5m. What is the surface area of the NHL size ice?

School District 83 elementary and middle school students have been taking part in a numeracy challenge all based around hockey! The challenge, organized by district staff in celebration of Salmon Arm being selected as Rogers Hometown Hockey City, runs until Feb. 7. Each correct answer during the six weeks of math problems puts an entry for that student’s school into a draw, the winning school will be drawn on Feb. 12 at the Salmon Arm Silverbacks game.

Although all elementary and middle schools have been part of the hockey math challenge, as part of the Salmon Arm Hometown Hockey events, schools in the actual boundaries of Salmon Arm will be part of the draw and a large assembly at Shuswap Middle School on March 6, hosted by Rogers Hometown Hockey personnel. The winning school of “mathletes” will be special guests at the assembly.

Also, for the seven schools within the City of Salmon Arm all students (as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult) will have free admission to the Feb. 12 game when the winning school will be chosen. At this game the Salmon Arm Silverbacks will play West Kelowna at Shaw Centre. The puck drops at 7 p.m. This is courtesy of the City of Salmon Arm.

The Silverbacks have also donated two tickets to each participating Salmon Arm school for their last regular league game versus Merritt Centennials on Feb. 23. The game starts at 3 p.m.

Numeracy District Principal Val Edgell, (just in case you worked it out) says the answers to the level one question is 15 and the level four question is 1516.84m2.

She adds entries in the contest are eagerly being sought after. “For the past few weeks, all of the weekly math problem of the week challenges have been about hockey, and students have earned entries into the contest by attempting to solve these problems.”

“Some of the problems have featured our very own local Salmon Arm Silverbacks. From calculating the Silverbacks Three Star season points to setting a target for average attendance at games, our students have been calculating up a storm!”

“We’ve also looked at the math in the ice rink itself. We’ve found the ice surface area of an NHL size rink, and even calculated the surface area covered by red and blue paint!”

“Whew! Those were tough calculations – but we know that hard work is the key to success in hockey and in math,” she adds.

Edgell notes that various classes throughout the district have also decided to be part of the “Future Goals” program, sponsored by the NHL and NHLPA.  This exciting program highlights the math and science involved in hockey. Through online lessons, students learn about banking passes, keeping ice in optimal condition, assessing potential and kinetic energy and so much more. Thanks to the support of the NHL, this is a free program for our students!

We can’t wait to find out which school wins the “Rogers Hometown Hockey Mathletes” award! Remember, in the words of Wayne Gretzky “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”.   Keep shooting for math success!

Hometown Hockey activities will be taking place in Salmon Arm on March 7-8. Activities planned include Wear Your Jersey week, a parade (featuring our very own award winning A.L. Fortune Drumline) and a full weekend of live entertainment, NHL alumni and hockey themed activities.

The main event is a live outdoor viewing party of the NHL broadcast of the game between Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Calgary Flames. The Hometown Hockey tour is hosted by Sportsnet personalities Ron MacLean and Tara Slone.