MATHCOUNTS Competition for middle school students takes place Feb. 9

Local students join in this statewide battle of the minds Feb. 9 at UVM.

Local students join in this statewide battle of the minds Feb. 9 at UVM.

The UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) will sponsor the Northwest MATHCOUNTS Competition on Saturday, Feb. 9 at UVM. 

Approximately 120 students from 13 middle schools will compete individually and in teams, in written and fast-paced oral formats, on subjects that include probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry.  The excitement will culminate in a dramatic single-elimination tournament during the Countdown Round in Carpenter Auditorium from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm where the top 12 students will compete against each other and the clock in front of an enthusiastic audience.

“The mathematical abilities of Vermont’s middle school students are truly inspiring,” says Joe Kudrle, MATHCOUNTS NW Coordinator and Lecturer in the UVM CEMS Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “MATHCOUNTS is a great opportunity for schools in Vermont to recognize talented students for their exceptional mathematical abilities and to provide students with the mathematical skills necessary to be globally competitive.”

 The top teams and individuals from each of the VT Regional Competitions will go on to compete in the Vermont MATHCOUNTS Statewide Competition to be held Saturday, March 16 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. The top four individuals from the State Competition will form the Vermont team which will travel to the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C. May 10-13.

For more information contact: Joe Kudrle, Northwest MATHCOUNTS Coordinator and Lecturer, UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics at jkudrle@uvm.edu.

 For more information regarding the MATHCOUNTS Vermont State Competition contact:  Jack Lawlor, State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, UVM, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at jclawlor@uvm.edu. Materials and information are available at www.mathcounts.org.

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