Area middle school Mathletes will compete in the Johnstown chapter contest of the national MathCounts program Saturday, February 9 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Organized by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, a total of 19 schools and 132 students have registered to compete in this year’s program. 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.
Schools being represented are Berlin Brothersvalley Middle School; Blacklick Valley High School; Blairsville Middle School; Chestnut Ridge Middle School; Conemaugh Township High School; Conemaugh Valley High School; Everett Area Middle School; Ferndale Area Junior/Senior High School; Forest Hills Middle School; Holy Name School; McConnellsburg Middle School; Our Mother of Sorrows School; Richland Junior/Senior High School; Rockwood Area School; Saint Benedict School; Saint Michael School; Saltsburg Middle-High School; Somerset Area Junior High School, and Windber Area Middle School.
According to Amy Miller, UPJ assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology, teachers and students have been preparing for 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 state MathCounts finals to be held in Harrisburg on Saturday, March 29. The top individual will receive a $500 scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Local sponsors include CME Management, LLC; Concurrent Technologies Corporation; East Hills Engineering Associates; The EADS Group; 1st Summit Bank; George D. Zamias Developer; H.F. Lenz Company; I.E.E.E.-Johnstown Chapter; Keller Engineers, Inc.; L. Robert Kimball and Associates, Inc.; Charles J. Merlo, Inc.; Slovenian Savings and Loan Association; Somerset Trust Company; Sportsmans; Stiffler, McGraw and Associates, Inc, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
MathCounts’ founding sponsors are the CNA foundation; the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. National sponsors also include ADC Foundation; General Motors Foundation; Lockheed Martin; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Texas Instruments Incorporated, and 3M Foundation.
For additional information contact Amy Miller, E.I.T. at 814-269-7258 or Linda Tully at 814-269-2920.
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