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For Immediate Release
February 12, 2016

Local Student Mathletes to Compete in (Local or State) Math Contest at IPFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— Middle school Mathletes® from area schools will compete in the chapter competition of the MATHCOUNTS® Competition Series on Saturday, February 13, at the Walb Union Classic Ballroom on the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) campus. The competition has been organized by the IPFW Department of Mathematical Sciences.

A total of five schools and approximately 40 students will compete. Schools represented are:

  • Canterbury Middle School, Fort Wayne
  • Maple Creek Middle School, Fort Wayne
  • Saint Jude Catholic School, Fort Wayne
  • Summit Middle School, Fort Wayne
  • Woodside Middle 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 awards and will advance to the state MATHCOUNTS finals, to be held at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute on Saturday, March 12.

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 medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.

The 2016 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series will consist of approximately 40,000 students, representing more than 5,500 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.

The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, Phillips 66, 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 website.