Approximately 240 middle school Mathletes from 26 Hartford County schools will compete in the 2019 Hartford Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition at the University of Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 2. The competition is organized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers and hosted by the University of Hartford.
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 on subjects that include algebra, probability, statistics, and geometry. Chapter winners will advance to the statewide competition on March 9 that will be held at the University of Hartford and those winners will advance to the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition to be held in Orlando, Florida on May 12 and 13.
WHEN — Saturday, Feb. 2, 12:30 pm to 3 p.m.
WHERE — Gengras Student Union, University of Hartford,
200 Bloomfield Ave., WestHartford
WHO — Robert L. Devaney, Boston University
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The top 16 Mathletes are paired in a fast-paced, oral competition, competing against each other and the clock to solve problems.
BACKGROUND — MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among the nation’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 medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.
MORE INFORMATION — Contact Richard Olsowy, P.E., Hartford Chapter MATHCOUNTS Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.