On this page:
- What is MATHCOUNTS
- How MATHCOUNTS Works
- MATHCOUNTS Programs
- How MSPE is Involved in MATHCOUNTS
- Why MATHCOUNTS Works
- She Loves it; He Fears it: A Story of Two Students
- News Release Archive
What is MATHCOUNTS?
MATHCOUNTS® is a national math enrichment program & competition series focused on engaging the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of middle school students in grades 6-8. The Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS program is a grass-roots effort that inspires students to achieve in math. Run solely by adult educators and volunteers, Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS provides students with a valuable foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS has a proud history. Our team placed third at the 2015 National Competition, and first in 2013, 2012, 1997, and 1999. MA individuals won in 2013, 1998, and 1991. In 2014, over 900 students representing 121 schools across Massachusetts participated in this vital program.
How MATHCOUNTS Works
MATHCOUNTS heightens student interest in math by making achievement as challenging, exciting and prestigious as a school sport. The MATHCOUNTS School Handbook is available online at Mathcounts.org. Teachers and volunteers use these 300 problems and activities to coach student Mathletes® as part of in-class instruction or in extracurricular math clubs. After several months of coaching, schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in written and oral competitions.
Local chapter competitions are held throughout Massachusetts in February, and winners progress to the state competition in March. The State Competition results determine the top four individuals and top coach who earn the honor of representing Massachusetts at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition, held in May.
There are three key MATHCOUNTS programs, outlined below. Each is designed to engage middle school students with opportunities to use math, build confidence and enhance their appreciation for math.
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. Learn more
How is MSPE Involved in MATHCOUNTS?
The Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers has proudly sponsored the MATHCOUNTS program since 1983. Since then, thousands of students from hundreds of participating middle schools throughout the state have benefitted from this valuable program.
Each year, middle school students across the state compete individually or as part of a team at six Massachusetts Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competitions, held in February.
The winning team and individuals from each chapter advances to the State competition in March. The state competition determines which Mathletes® will advance to represent Massachusetts in the National MATHCOUNTS Competition, typically held in May of each year. All Mathletes® must be in middle school (6th, 7th, or 8th grade) and have typically been coached for several months by educators who volunteer to spearhead the program at their middle school. Each competition includes both written and oral math testing on a very high level.
MATHCOUNTS Works because it…
- Builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for success
- Helps kids who love math AND kids who fear math
- Motivates and rewards students by fostering team problem solving and competitive spirit;
- Is more than a competition. It involves students and teachers in year-long coaching sessions and helps students at varied skill levels
- Impacts students and communities at the national and local levels
The MATHCOUNTS Story: She Loves it, He Fears it; A Story of Two Math Students
This brief but powerful story will change the way you think about math. Math students fall into two categories: Those who love it and those who fear it. This story of two students’ journeys reveals how MATHCOUNTS fills a critical void – for our students, and our society.
News Release Archive – Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS
(Click titles below for links to the full releases)
MA to Host 2015 National MATHCOUNTS Competition; Firms, Organizations and Individuals Urged to Sponsor or Volunteer Their Support
MA Kicks Off Math Enrichment Program for Middle School Students
Massachusetts Team places in Top 10 at National Competition
ABC News profiles MATHCOUNTS (Click to watch video)
MA Secretary of Education Congratulates MA Student MATHLETES
Massachusetts 2014 State Competition Winners Announced
MSPE Recognizes MATHCOUNTS Contributors
MSPE Seeks Volunteers to Help at MATHCOUNTS Competitions
Massachusetts Kicks off Middle School Math Enrichment Program
2014 Team at MATHCOUNTS Banquet