By Danica Chen, Del Norte High School
The first thing people saw at the first All Girl's Math Tournament at San Diego was a splotch of pink and a sign bearing the words "Welcome all girls!" On May 4th, 2015 at the Carmel Valley Library, about thirty kids from grades 3-8 participated in the student-run competition. Some hoped to be rewarded with medals and prizes, though many only aimed to have fun. At first, the girls were shy and reserved. One fifth grade girl named Liana was crying and refusing to do any math. Gradually, though, they got more comfortable as they bonded over their favorite subject. As volunteers passed out pencils, I talked to three young girls who praised mathematics energetically.
"It's more methodical, there's no need to write. It's conceptual and straightforward." one explained.