Local Student Mathletes® to Compete in Math Contest

January 24, 2014

Middle school Mathletes® from Peoria, Tazewell & McLean County schools will compete in local contests of the national MATHCOUNTS® program on January 25, 2014 at Bradley University in Peoria.  The competition has been organized by the Peoria Area Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE).

A total of 21 schools and approximately 150 students will compete.  Schools represented are:

Dunlap Middle, Dunlap Valley, Bartonville Grade School, Rolling Acres Edison Junior Academy, Central Junior High School (East Peoria), Washington Middle School (Washington), Quest Charter Academy, Peoria Academy, Washington Gifted School (Peoria), Manual Middle High School, Sterling Middle School, Charles Lindbergh Middle School, Limestone Walters Grade School, Beverly Manor Junior High School, Lincoln School (Peoria), Mark Bills Middle School, Harrison Community Learning Center, Gridley Junior High School, Parkview Junior High School, Saint Vincent De Paul School & Von Steuben Middle School.

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 in Lisle, Illinois on March 08, 2014.

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 2013 MATHCOUNTS competition program 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 Ameren, McDonalds, Hermann & Associates, Farnsworth Group, Whitney & Associates, Austin Engineering, Hanson Engineers, Maurer-Stutz, Prairie Engineers of Illinois, Zumwalt Associates and Midwest Engineering Associates.

The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are Raytheon Company, 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 CAN Foundation.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at www.mathcounts.org.