Area middle school Mathletes will compete in the Johnstown chapter contest of the national MathCounts program Saturday, February 13 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 US 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, Chestnut Ridge, Conemaugh Township, Everett, Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Holy Name School, McConnellsburg, Our Mother of Sorrows, Richland, Rockwood Area, St. Benedict, Saint Michael, Saltsburg, Somerset Area, Westmont Hilltop, and Windber.
According to Amy Miller, Pitt-Johnstown associate 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 26. The top individual will receive a $500 scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Local sponsors include Charles J. Merlo, Inc., Concurrent Technologies Corporation, East Hills Engineering Associates, H.F. Lenz Company, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)-Johnstown Section, Keller Engineers, Inc., L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Inc., Somerset Trust Company, Slovenian Savings & Loan Association, Sportsman’s, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
The national sponsors include Raytheon Company, National Defense Education Program, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, CAN Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Pitsco Education, Texas Instruments Incorporated and 3M Foundation. MathCounts was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CAN Foundation.
For additional information contact Amy Miller, EIT at 814-269-7258.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”
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