At the 2015 National MATHCOUNTS Competition on May 8 in Boston, Team Massachusetts Mathletes placed 3rd in the nation out of 56 state teams. Additionally, each of our state’s individual ‘Mathletes’ placed in the Top 20 Percent of 224 of the brightest students in the nation, and two of them earned their way into to the final Countdown Round – a fast-paced, one-on-one, elimination style oral contest.
Of the four Massachusetts participants this year, three were 8th graders and will therefore age out of the program next year, and one is a 7th grader who is eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS next year.
MATHCOUNTS is the premier math enrichment, coaching and competition program in the country for middle school students in grades 6 through 8. In Massachusetts, the program is made possible through the support and leadership of the Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers (mspe.com)
There are three key MATHCOUNTS programs: The National Math Club, Math Video Challenge, and the Competition Series – each designed to engage middle school students with opportunities to use math, build confidence and enhance their appreciation for math.
John Hayden, MA State Coordinator, explains, “Overall, truly EVERY student has benefited from participating in the MATHCOUNTS program throughout this school year. I am very proud of the effort and accomplishments of the teachers, coaches, and student mathletes from each of the 121 middle schools who participated this year.”
Middle schools in Massachusetts are invited and encouraged to participate in these valuable programs. Resources are available for Math Coaches. Contact John J. Hayden, PE, Massachusetts State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator at 781-221-1198.
WHAT’S NEXT for MATHCOUNTS in Massachusetts
In more than 120 schools throughout Massachusetts, the MATHCOUNTS programs will all begin again this fall with the start of the 2015-16 school year. But sponsors are needed now to support these vital programs. (In 2015 alone, 904 students from 121 middle schools first competed in six chapter-level MATHCOUNTS competitions, from which 140 students advanced to the State Competition in March, from which 4 advanced to National competition in May.)
WHY SPONSORS ARE CRITICALLY NEEDED
Corporate and individual sponsors are needed to support our state’s 2015-2016 MATHCOUNTS program. Since MATHCOUNTS is funded at the state level solely by local contributions, this vital program relies on the support of tax-deductible donations (checks, supplies, gift cards, etc.) Any size donation is appreciated. Checks may be written to the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, and sent to John Hayden, PE, who will ensure that the Foundation credits the funds to our state’s program.
For more information on the program or sponsorship opportunities, contact John J. Hayden, P.E., Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS Coordinator at 781-221-1198, or visit mspe.com/mathcounts.
Sponsor Donations will Help to Defray the Costs of:
Food for 800+ students at the six (6) state-wide chapter (region) competitions; Transportation of students to chapter meetings and competitions; Trophies for the chapter and state winners; Supplies, Postage costs, MA Team T-shirts, and more. In recognition of your support, your firm will be promoted in media updates throughout the year, at competitions, and on the MSPE website.