Feb 2, 2010 1:55 PM by Greg Boyce
Sixth, seventh and eighth graders will compete Saturday in math skills at a MATHCOUNTS competition at Palmer Hall at Colorado College. MATHCOUNTS is funded by private business and industry. Members of the National Society of Professional Engineers provide the manpower used to obtain the funding and stage the competition.
MATHCOUNTS was developed to promote math excellence among junior high students. The program builds math skills, promotes strategic problem solving, and drills students in complex problems. It motivates students to do well in math, and recognizes and rewards them for achievement.
Analogous to a school sporting event, student "mathletes" are coached throughout the fall at the school level to participate as teams and individuals in a series of written and oral competitions at the local, state and national levels. The first round of competition is expected to include teams from 15 local schools. State winners and their coach will then travel to Orlando to compete for the national championship.
The competition runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, with another session starting at 1 p.m.