Area middle school Mathletes will compete in the Johnstown chapter contest of the national MathCounts program Saturday, February 15, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
A total of 15 schools and approximately 110 students will compete in the contest organized by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. 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, Chestnut Ridge, Conemaugh Township, Everett Area, Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Holy Name, Our Mother of Sorrows, Richland Jr./Sr. High, Rockwood Area, Saint Benedict, Saint Michael, Somerset Area, Westmont Hilltop, and Windber.
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 on March 8 in Harrisburg. The top individual will receive a $500 scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Local sponsors include CME Management, LLC, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, 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, Northrop Grumman Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, Phillips 66, Texan Instruments Incorporated, 3M foundation, Art of Problem Solving, Nextthought. The National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and CNA Foundation founded MathCounts.
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 is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional services. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).