FORT WAYNE, Ind.— Mathletes® from area middle schools will compete in the Anthony Wayne Chapter Contest of the National MATHCOUNTS® program this Saturday, February 4, 2012, in the Walb Student Union on the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The competition organizers are the IPFW Department of Mathematical Sciences and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science.
A total of 8 schools and approximately 60 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 Rose Hulman University, Terre Haute, Saturday, March 10. State winners will have the opportunity to earn an all-expense-paid trip to Orlando, Fla., for the 2012 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition.
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 29th year, the 2012 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series will consist of approximately 40,000 students, representing more than 7,000 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U. S. territories, and Department of Defense and State Department affiliated schools.
Local sponsors include the Raytheon Company, whose volunteers help with the scoring of the exams.
The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are Raytheon Company, U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, ConocoPhillips, CNA Foundation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, ThinkFun, and 3M Foundation. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-481-5764, Yvonne Zubovic at email@example.com or 260-481-6037, or Dan Coroian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-481-6228.