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At the start of the school year, the grade 9s were eager yet reserved to show their enthusiasm and interest of mathematics.  Many also did not know each other.  To foster an environment of co-operation, spark some mathematical ingenuity, and to set the tone for the school year, the grade 9s were given the task to work in groups and kinestetically represent a triangle, the numbers 1 to 10, and the fibonacci numbers from 1 to 13.  The grade 9s were also given the task to create a visual representation of the digits of pi.  Then the grade 9s had to determine a way to write the numbers from 1 to 10 as the sum of three integers cubed.  The finished products of all the grade 9s were beyond impressive.  These activities set the tone for the school year.  It will be a year filled with brilliant solutions to challenging problems while having fun with math.

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