Ready. Set. Do math! Fairfield University has hosted the Southwest Connecticut Chapter of MathCounts for the past 14 years and the tradition continued this year on February 12th. Middle school students in grades 7-8, along with their parents, coaches, and teachers, filled Gonzaga Auditorium during this all-day event. This year’s competition was sponsored by the Connecticut Engineers Education Foundation, conducted by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, and moderated by Thomas Appleby of CT News 12.
MathCounts is a nationwide mathematics competition among participating middle and junior high schools. The program is intended to prepare students with strong bases of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology, and also provides all materials for teachers, coaches, and their students. As students advance through their school competitions, they are invited to attend chapter competitions which take place in February, then state competitions until the final 224 are selected to attend the national competition which is held every May.
In the chapter competition held at Fairfield, students arrived and took a general test in the morning. While munching on pizza during lunch, the students awaited their test scores, which were being tallied by a computer. The highest scoring students took another test in the afternoon; from those results MathCounts leaders were able to choose who would move onto the state competition.
MathCounts competitions help students strive for excellence and provide the background for future mathematicians, engineers, and so much more.
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