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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2013

Local Student Mathletes to Compete in Math Contest

Key Info

  • IPFW to host MATHCOUNTS® competition
  • Saturday, February 16, 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Walb Student Union Ballroom
  • 50 middle school students from 6 area schools will compete

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will host area middle school Mathletes® as they compete in the Anthony Wayne chapter contest of the national MATHCOUNTS® program, Saturday, February 16, in the Walb Student Union Ballroom. The competition begins at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude by noon. The event is organized by IPFW’s Department of Mathematical Sciences and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science.

A total of 6 schools and approximately 50 students will compete. Schools represented are:

  • Canterbury Middle School, Fort Wayne
  • Edgewood Middle School, Warsaw
  • Saint Jude Catholic School, Fort Wayne
  • Summit Middle School, Fort Wayne
  • Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Fort Wayne

Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since the fall. Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics, and geometry. Winners will receive trophies and will advance to the Indiana state MATHCOUNTS® finals, to be held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, on March 9, 2013. State winners will have the opportunity to earn an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition.

The competition consists of 4 different rounds:

  • The Sprint Round (40 minutes) consists of 30 problems. This round tests accuracy, with time being such that only the most capable students will complete all of the problems. Calculators are not permitted.
  • The Target Round (approximately 30 minutes) consists of eight problems presented to competitors in four pairs (6 minutes per pair). This round features multi-step problems that engage Mathletes in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes. Problems assume the use of calculators.
  • The Team Round (20 minutes) consists of 10 problems that team members work together to solve. Team member interaction is permitted and encouraged. Problems assume the use of calculators.
  • The Countdown Round is a fast-paced, oral competition for top-scoring individuals (based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds). In this round, pairs of Mathletes compete against each other and the clock to solve problems. Calculators are not permitted.

MATHCOUNTS® is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
Celebrating its 30th year, the 2013 MATHCOUNTS® Competition Series will consist of students representing more than 6,000 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U. S. territories, and Department of Defense and State Department affiliated schools. Each year, over 250,000 students utilize MATHCOUNTS® materials. Since the program began in 1983, over 6 million students have participated.

Local sponsors include Raytheon, whose volunteers help with the scoring of the exams.
The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS® are Raytheon, Northrop Grumman Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3M Foundation, Art of Problem Solving, and NextThought. MATHCOUNTS® was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and CNA Foundation.
Additional information on MATHCOUNTS® is available at the MATHCOUNTS® website, and from IPFW math faculty members Linda Wagner, 260-481-5764 or; Yvonne Zubovic, 260-481-6037 or; and Dan Coroian, 260-481-6228 or