The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Mathematics Department, in cooperation with the Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance, will host the annual Try-Math-A-Lot competition from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.
This year, over 300 area students in grades six and seven will participate in the competition. The morning activities will take place in Krebs Hall. The afternoon presentation will be held at 1 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.
Schools participating in this year’s competition include Altoona Central Catholic; Aquinas Academy; Bedford Middle School; Berlin Middle School; Blairsville Middle School; Christ the Divine Teacher School; Claysburg Kimmel; Conemaugh Township School District; Conemaugh Valley School District; Everett Area Middle School; Forest Hills Middle School; Holy Name School; Northern Cambria Catholic; Our Mother of Sorrows School; Richland High School; Shade Central-City; Shanksville Stonycreek; Somerset Area; St. Andrew School; St. Benedict School-Carrolltown; St. Patrick School; Tyrone Area Middle School, and Williamsburg Community School.
Try-Math-A-Lot is a problem-solving contest/tournament in which students are assigned to teams consisting of four or five students from different schools. Each team will compete in three events that make up the tournament. The activities include individual/group problem solving, estimation and mental mathematics, and puzzles/math relays. The problems and activities used in the tournament consist of challenging problems and activities found in some textbooks or in various sources from recreational mathematics. The activities and problems will be prepared by a committee of Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance members. This group, or its representatives, will act as arbiter in all questions regarding the scoring of the tournament.
The purpose of the tournament is to stimulate interest in mathematics among students at the middle school level, encourage the learning of problem-solving skills and techniques, and provide students with an opportunity to meet their counterparts from other schools.
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 environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.