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Pitt-Johnstown Math Department Hosting Try-Math-A-Lot Competition

Pitt-Johnstown Math Department Hosting Try-Math-A-Lot Competition

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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, May 3, on the UPJ 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.

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.  Students from the same school are not on the same team.  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, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200.  The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs.  UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2006.
Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 5/1/2006 3:00:00 PM