Middle school Mathletes from area schools will compete in local contests of the national MATHCOUNTS program on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. The competition has been organized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers.
Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since September. 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 Connecticut State MATHCOUNTS Competition on March 11, 2017 at the University of Hartford.
Volunteers are needed to monitor exam rooms and grade exams (answers provided). Volunteers do not need to have strong mathematical skills.
MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.
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