2012 Blundon Seminar Camp

Pictures from Blundon Seminar Camp '12

These photos were taken on May 23-25th, 2012. Please click on a thumbnail to view a larger version.


Two one hour lectures are given to the students by MUN professors. Lectures focus on  techniques and applications of mathematics. Students have an opportunity to discuss the lectures and ask questions during the refreshment breaks and the banquet, where the presenters are invited to dine and converse with the student-participants.

The Blundon Seminar committee makes sure that our presenters possess world class expertise and give talks on "hot topics" in contemporary mathematics at the level appropriate to high school students in order to provide valuable enrichment for our junior participants, engage them into the discipline and outline possible applications and bright ideas.

In 2012 the following talks were given:

May 23 "Archimedes: the first applied mathematician?" by Dr. Margo

May 24 "Mathematical infinity" by Dr. Tom Baird

Blundon Lectures

Problem Solving Teams

Teams are asked to create a team name and write it on the board in the room they solve problems. Pictures of the teams are taken in front of their team names and the best name is awarded a prize.



Problem Solving

The problem solving sessions are a team problem solving activity. Each team contains about 7 or 8 students and is given a separate classroom to discuss and solve problems. There are three 1.5-hour sessions. Selected problems are discussed during the Report on Problem Sessions meeting. The most successful team receives a prize. 



This is a team competition which take place in gym. Students take turns in solving math problems and performing sport activities such as mini-golf, soccer, basketball, and hockey. Teams collect points for each successful performance in a given period of time (hour and a half). The most successful team in both categories (math and sport) receives a prize. 


Zombie Games

This is a game invented by our postdoctoral fellow Ben Tippett. It was played during the "free time" at 9:30pm as an alternative to watching TV/movies. This game allowed students to "experience" population dynamics of groups of so-called "citizens", "soldiers " and "zombies". Upon completion of the game, a short discussion of related mathematical models and research done by Dr. Tippett took place. 


Banquet-Written contests (Blundon, Euclid, Fermat) awards

The students and our sponsors are invited to attend Blundon Seminar banquet.

The winner of the Blundon Contest and of Euclid, Fermat and Cayley contests are presented with their award certificates and money prizes. Collective and individual photos are taken as well.

Representative of the Office of Student Recruitment, Ms. Shona Perry-Maidment  presents awards to Cayley contest winners.

Representative of the Department of education, Mr. Brad Clark presents awards to Fermat contest winners.

Representative of Newfoundland Power, Mr. Gary Murray presents awards to Euclid contest winners.

Representative of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Andy Foster presents the Honorable mentions and placement awards for the Blundon contest.

Granddaughter of Dr. Blundon, Janet Coady presents the school shield to the Blundon contest winner.

Representative of NLTA, Mr. Leo Etchegary presents an individual plaque to the Blundon contest winner.



On-site team competitions awards

During the concluding section on the last day of seminar we award the best team in Problem Solving, the best team in Mathletics and the best Team Name 



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