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Mathcounts Update: Horace Mann, Riverdale, and MS 129 Advance to NYS Mathcounts Competition

Posted by GEng on March 11, 2014  /   Posted in BXPE, Featured, MathCounts

Bronx Chapter of NYSSPE conducted the Mathcounts in the Bronx Competition on February 11, 2014 at Lehman College and the teams from the three Bronx schools advanced to the next round in the nationwide mathematics competition.

The three teams (Michael Caosun, Benjamin Spector, Derrick Xiong, and Andrew Caosun from Horace Mann;  Lucy Pan, Erxi Lu, Teji Vijaykumar, and Julian Burden from Riverdale Country School; and Shawon Paul, Jenab Diallo, Avana Francis, and Habiba Meem from MS 129) plus two additional individual students,  Matthew Li from Horace Mann and Andy Reyes from MS 223 will be competing against top teams from all of New York State on March 15, 2014 on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

At the NYS competition, the four top competitors will advance to the National Mathcounts Championship on May 9, 2014 in Orlando, FL.

The competition also featured a Countdown Round, a JEOPARDY style head to head competition among the top ten scorers. Math problems were read and displayed to pairs of competitors who then raced to solve the problem and buzz in with the correct answer before his opponent. Matthew Li from Horace Mann was the winner of the Countdown Round.

Congratulations to all the competitors at the Bronx competition and good luck to all those who will be competing at the NYS competition.

Mathcounts in the Bronx Competition Feb 11, 2014

Posted by GEng on February 04, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items, Featured, Local Events, MathCounts

Mathcounts in the Bronx Competition Feb 11, 2014

 

RPI Mathcounts 2013

Mathcounts competitors at the 2013 New York State competition at RPI.

The “Mathcounts in the Bronx!” competition is scheduled for the Faculty Dining Room in the MusicBuilding at LehmanCollege on Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 from 3PM to 7PM.

 

The competition  is the national Mathcounts program to stimulate interest in mathematics among middle school students (grades 6, 7, and 8). The program provides materials supporting math clubs and other math related school activities and provides the framework for a national mathematics competition similar in structure to the National spelling Bee.

 

Participating schools this year are CIS 303, Horace Mann Middle School, MS223 School of Finance and Technology, Twin Parks Upper/I.S.229, and Riverdale Country School. The top three schools from the Bronx competition will advance to the New YorkState competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY  on March 15, 2014. The top four competitors at the NYS competition will advance to the National Finals in Orlando on May 9, 2014.

The Bronx Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers sponsors and organizes the annual Mathcounts competition for Bronx middle schools students. LehmanCollege provides the space for the competition. And all the work to make it happen is done by volunteers.

 

More volunteers are needed to help run this and future competitions. No math skills are needed of the volunteers.  If you are able to help, please contact Gee Eng at mathcounts@BxNSPE.org.

 

Why should you help?

 

The headlines tell the story. American students are falling behind their global competitors in the critical areas of math and science. As politicians and educators debate the issue, the trend continues to be negative. To reverse this trend, more of us need to get involved.

 

Supporting Mathcounts is one way to get involved. Learn more about the program at www.mathcounts.org. Find out if your local schools participate in Mathcounts and other math enrichment programs. If not, demand that they do participate. And then volunteer to support the ongoing activities.

 

While Mathcounts is the prime focus of this article, two other local programs with similar objective deserved to be mentioned. The New York Math Circle (www.nymathcircle.org) provides a math enrichment program to supplement  math education. There is a tuition – so consider sponsoring a deserving student with financial hardship.

 

Another worthy program is SPMPS – Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving.  SPMPS is geared to provide math enrichment to  deserving students in underserved NYC public schools. The program is free for students who are accepted. If you are mathematically inclined, you can volunteer to be a mentor. Otherwise, you can make a donation at their website so they can serve more students (http://www.artofproblemsolving.org/spmps/)

 

And of course, Mathcounts in the Bronx on Feb 11, 2014. Hope to hear from you.

 

Gee Eng, PE

 

About Mathcounts in the Bronx

Posted by BxNSPE on September 02, 2013  /   Posted in Bx Items, MathCounts

Mathcounts is a national program to stimulate interest in mathematics among middle school students (grades 6, 7, and 8). The program provides materials supporting math clubs and other math related school activities and provides the framework for a national mathematics competition similar in structure to the National spelling Bee.

The Bronx Chapter of NYSSPE sponsors and organizes “Mathcounts in the Bronx!”  – the local Bronx competition. All Bronx middle schools are contacted and encourage to participate. Schools that register select a team of four  students and a coach to represent the school in the Bronx competition. Individual students can also participate.

The Bronx competition is held in February. The competitors are given a series of written tests – all questions requiring written answers – no multiple choice. From the written tests which lasts approximately two hours, the top three teams and the top ten students are determined.

The top ten students then face off – two at a time – in a “Jeopardy!” style elimination round. The last student surviving is the individual champion for the Bronx.

The top three Bronx teams plus two top individuals not on the three top teams then advance to the New York State competition held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in March. From the NYS competition, the top four competitors represent  New York in the national finals to be held in May in Orlando, FL.

School officials and parents can get more general information on the Mathcounts website .

Volunteers are needed – organization and PR assistance now and test proctors and graders  on competition day. If you wish to volunteer for Mathcounts or have specific questions on the “Mathcounts in the Bronx!” competition, please contact Bronx Chapter Mathcounts coordinator Mr. Gee Eng by email.

Mathcounts Competition – Important Dates for 2013-2014

Posted by BxNSPE on September 02, 2013  /   Posted in MathCounts

09/03/2013: Registration open – click here to register online

11/15/2013: Last date for reduced rate registration.

12/13/2013: Last date to register for 2014 Mathcounts competition

02/11/2014: Tentative date for Mathcounts in the Bronx! competition.

03/xx/2014: NYS Mathcounts will be scheduled for a Saturday in March at RPI; the exact date  will be posted on this site as soon as it is announced.

05/09/2014: 2014 National Mathcounts Competition in Orlando, FL.

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