Local student mathletes® to compete in math contest

February 22, 2012

(Peoria, IL - February 22, 2012) — Middle school Mathletes®  from Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County schools will compete in local contests of the national MATHCOUNTS®  program on Saturday, February 25, at Bradley University. The competition has been organized by the local chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers.

A total of 17 schools and approximately 110 students will compete. Schools represented are: Bartonville Grade School (Bartonville), Beverly Manor Junior High School (Washington), Central Junior High School (East Peoria), Charles Lindbergh Middle School (Peoria), Dunlap Middle School (Dunlap), Dunlap Valley Middle School (Dunlap), Limestone Walters Grade School (Peoria), Mark Bills Middle School (Peoria), Norwood School (Peoria), Peoria Academy (Peoria), Quest Charter Academy (Peoria), Rolling Acres Edison Junior Academy (Peoria), Sterling Middle School (Peoria), Trewyn Middle School (Peoria), Von Steuben Middle School (Peoria), Washington Gifted School (Peoria), Washington Middle School (Washington).

Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since the fall. Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners will receive prizes, and will advance to the State MATHCOUNTS finals, to be held in Matteson, Illinois in March.

The final round of the competition will take place in Neumiller Lecture Hall in Bradley Hall between 1 and 3. Following a game-show style round of fast-paced oral matches, the champions will be named at approximately 3 p.m.

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 career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  

Celebrating its 29th year, the 2012 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series will consist of approximately 40,000 students, representing more than 7,000 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U. S. territories and Department of Defense and State Department affiliated schools.

Local sponsors include: Peoria Area Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE), Austin Engineering Company, Farnsworth Group, Inc., Hanson Professional Services, Hermann & Associates, Maurer-Stutz, Inc., McDonald’s, Midwest Engineering Associates, Inc., Whitney and Associates, Zumwalt & Associates.

The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are Raytheon Company, U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, ConocoPhillips, CNA Foundation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, ThinkFun and 3M Foundation.  MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at www.mathcounts.org.