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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Yvonne Zubovic, 260-481-6037 or email@example.com; and Dan Coroian, 260-481-6228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.