Students from 16 middle schools in our region will converge on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus Saturday, February 9 to compete in the Johnstown chapter contest of the national MathCounts program.
Approximately 130 students are expected to compete in the contest, which is being organized by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. MathCounts, one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors, and students, is designed to improve math skills among US students.
Schools being represented are Berlin Brothersvalley, Blairsville, Chestnut Ridge, Conemaugh Township, Everett Area, Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Holy Name, Our Mother of Sorrows, Rockwood Area, Saint Benedict, Saint Michael, Saltsburg, Somerset Area, Westmont Hilltop, and Windber.
Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches in subjects including algebra, probability, statistics, and geometry. Winners will receive trophies and will advance to the State MathCounts finals to be held on March 23 in Harrisburg. The top individual will receive a $500 scholarship from Pitt-Johnstown.
Local sponsors include CJL Engineering, Concurrent Technologies Corporation; East Hills Engineering Associates; 1st Summit Bank; HF Lenz Company; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)-Johnstown Chapter; Keller Engineers, Inc.; Somerset Trust Company; Slovenian Savings & Loan Association; SportsmanS; 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 30 years ago by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and CAN Foundation.
For additional information, contact Amy Miller, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, 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 the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.