What is MATHCOUNTS? A national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program Promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests Exists in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Department of Defense and State Department schools Supported by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels
National Student Recognition President Obama Honors MATHCOUNTS National Finalists in Oval Office WASHINGTON, D.C. June 28, 2010 For the tenth consecutive year, MATHCOUNTS (www.mathcounts.org) National Competition Champions were honored to receive congratulations from the President of the United States in the Oval Office. President Barack Obama greeted the top finishers in the 2010 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, including the individual champion and coach, runner-up and coach, and first place California state team and coach in an Oval Office ceremony on June 28, 2010.
Implementation in Goose Creek CISD Bay Area Chapter, Texas Society of Professional Engineers Goose Creek CISD ExxonMobil
Structure in GCCISD Coordinator of Mathematics K-12 MATHCOUNTS Coordinator MATHCOUNTS Assistant Coordinator 5 Campus Coaches 5 School Clubs Baytown Junior School Cedar Bayou Junior School Gentry Junior School Highlands Junior School Horace Mann Junior School
Competition Training District Monday Nights Led by Brandy Woods Assisted by Robert Allen Campus Coaches ExxonMobil Volunteers Location rotates between campuses Campus Meetings Led by the Campus Coach Meet at least once per week before or after school Have approximately 70 student participants
What does the competition look like? Consists of 4 rounds Round 1: Sprint Round 30 problems in 40 minutes Graded for accuracy Worth 1 point each No calculators
Round 4: Countdown Round Fast paced Oral competition Similar to Jeopardy Participants chosen are those who scored highest in Rounds 1 and 2 Bracket format
Sample Problem On Monday Eulers Bakery discounted the price of pies 20 %. On Tues it discounted the price of pies an additional 70%. What is the combined discount?
Solution Correct Answer:76% Common Misconception 90%
Sample Problem Stephan need to pick a 4 digit code for his bank card. He decides that he will only use single-digit prime numbers. He also wants to make sure he does not use the same digit twice in a row. How many codes can be formed following Stephans guidelines?
Solution Correct answer: 108 Common Misconception: 4! = 24
Goals for MATHCOUNTS Continue to partner with the Bay Area Chapter of TSPE and ExxonMobil Continue to increase the number of student Mathletes Continue to increase the number of community and parent volunteers Host a Mathletes Boot Camp Purchase a Countdown simulator to enable preparation for this round
Dates to Remember February 26 th – Chapter Competition Hosted by GCCISD for the second year March 28 th – GCCISD MATHCOUNTS Reception Students receive recognition for their participation as well as their accomplishments through this program