Held last month at McKinley Elementary School, the event challenged CUSD's young mathematicians to compete in several rounds of problem solving everything from addition, subtraction, and multiplication, to long division and pre-algebra.
Grades K to 5 competed individually while grades 6 to 8 participated in a team competition.
Roosevelt Elementary School sixth-grader Francisco Morales (shown above on the left) said success in the team competition depends on collaboration and trust.
"We almost lost during a question calculating the area of a yoga mat until we corrected our answer together," he said.
Francisco said he knows math can lead him towards achieving his dream of one day becoming a brain surgeon.
"You need math for that job because you need to calculate a lot of things during surgery. For instance, you need to figure out how much force you need to remove a tumor from your patient."
Tibby Elementary sixth-grader Saniya Debose said although she is very good at math, she still found the competition very challenging.
"The only thing that made this Math Bee complicated for me is the adrenaline and the pressure. If I have another opportunity to compete I will try again."
Saniya added that she knows her love for math will continue to open doors for her.
"I prefer mathematics to other subjects because everything related to math comes from a simple algorithm that becomes complex. You can do many things with it," she said. "I want to be a mathematician, a biologist, or an author."
Bursch Elementary School kindergartener Ayden Osuna couldn't hide his excitement after winning top honors at the Math Bee.
"I was really good. I worked hard. I won," he said through his big smile. "My mom and my teacher helped me practice."
Ayden's parents Xochitl Navarro and Jose Osuna said they hope to see more competitions that challenge students in all subjects including math.
"These kinds of events motivate students to do their best, and it's really awesome to see my son win something," said Xochitl.
Ayden's father added, "It really shows what students are learning and how they're challenged every day. Math prepares our kids for the future. Today it's the Math Bee. Tomorrow it could be a national competition."
ELEMENTARY K-5 WINNERS
1st Place - Ayden Osuna - Bursch Elementary School
2nd Place - Adrian Amado - Kennedy Elementary School
3rd Place - Ariyah Kelley - Laurel Elementary School
1st Place - Frank Nava - Emerson Elementary School
2nd Place- Derek Hurtado - Foster Elementary School
3rd Place - Omar Torres - Laurel Elementary School
1st Place - Anthony Gonzalez - Roosevelt Elementary School
2nd Place - Ayleen Becerra - Laurel Elementary School
3rd Place - Jonathan Medina - McNair Elementary School
1st Place - Christopher Medina - Clinton Elementary School
2nd Place - Angel Jimenez - McKinley Elementary School
3rd Place - Jazmin Velasquez- Emerson Elementary School
3rd Place - Jason Westerfield - McNair Elementary School
1st Place - Esmeralda Cadena - Emerson Elementary School
2nd Place - Justin Padron - Bursch Elementary School
3rd Place - Christopher Flores - Roosevelt Elementary School
1st Place - Isabella Soto - Roosevelt Elementary School
2nd Place - Jose Arrellano - Foster Elementary School
3rd Place - Brandon Garcia - Kelly Elementary School
MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNING TEAMS (GRADES 6-8)
1st Place - Alexis Leon, Destiny Magallon, and Maria Escobedo - Clinton Elementary School
2nd Place - Francisco Morales, Octavio Aviles, and Romel Perez - Roosevelt Elementary School
3rd Place - Zymauriyah Stewart, Michael Vizcarrondo, and Baneza Lamas - Laurel Elementary School