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Pitt-Johnstown Host Site for Johnstown Regional Math Contest

Pitt-Johnstown Host Site for Johnstown Regional Math Contest

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     Area middle school Mathletes will compete in the Johnstown chapter contest of the national MathCounts program Saturday, February 14 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

     Organized by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, a total of 18 schools and 140 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; 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; Rockwood Area School; Saint Benedict School; Saint Michael School; Saltsburg Middle-High School; Somerset Area Junior High School; Westmont Hilltop Middle School, and Windber Area Middle School.

     According to Amy Miller, Pitt-Johnstown 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 21.  The top individual will receive a $500 scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

     Local sponsors include Concurrent Technologies Corporation; CME Engineering, LP; Cambria County Federal; Charles J. Merlo, Inc.; East Hills Engineering Associates; 1st Summit Bank; H.F. Lenz Company; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.;-Johnstown Chapter; L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Inc.; Keller Engineers, Inc.; Slovenian Savings & Loan Association; 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.

    Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, Pitt-Johnstown offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 2/4/2009 11:20:00 AM