For more information about the MATHCOUNTS Regional Contest, please contact the organizer:
Ms. Angela Colomaio
Adjunct for Computer Science
is a national middle school mathematics program consisting of a series of contests for 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students. Its founding sponsors include the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
As stated in the "Who We Are" portion of its website, MATHCOUNTS "strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities."
The contests progress from competitions within middle schools to regional events to state events to the national competition. The regional contests are held in February, the state contests in March, and the national competition in May. The oral-response portion of the national competition is webcast live on mathcounts.org and subsequently archived at mathcounts.org/national-competition-webcast.
The SBU Department of Mathematics hosts the Chautauqua/Cattaraugus Regional Contest. The coordinator of our contest is Ms. Angela Colomaio (email@example.com).
Locally the contest is financially supported by St. Bonaventure University and an anonymous grant.
The national contest is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the CNA Foundation, the Raytheon Company, the Northrup Grumman Foundation, the US Department of Defense, Phillips 66, Texas Instruments, the 3M Foundation, Art of Problem Solving (AoPS), and NextThought.
SBU hosted its 2015 MATHCOUNTS regional contest on Saturday, February 14. The contest was organized by Dr. Doug Cashing. The two schools competing were Allegany-Limestone Middle School (coach Kathy Stamets) and Frederick Law Olmsted School (coach Shana Taylor).
The top three individuals and the top school team received trophies. In addition, the top team has been invited to the New York State competition to be held on March 28 at the R.P.I. campus in Troy. The top individuals from the state contest will advance to the national competition to be held May 7-10, 2015 in Boston, MA.
Each participating middle school sends four students and a coach to the contest, the coach being a teacher who has helped prepare the students for competition. Each school may also send one or more alternates, who would compete if any of the school's official entrants were unable to participate.
A regional contest is divided into a morning session and an afternoon session. The morning session is comprised of three rounds of written questions: the Sprint Round, the Target Round, and the Team Round. At. St. Bonaventure, the morning rounds are held in classrooms in De La Roche Hall. During the Sprint Round and the Target Round, students work individually. The Sprint Round lasts 40 minutes and consist of 30 problems, which students must solve without a calculator. The Target Round lasts about 30 minutes and consists of eight problems presented to students in four pairs. Students may use calculators during this round. During the 20-minute Team Round, the four students from each school collaborate on a set of ten problems. Calculators may be used during this round.
The afternoon session is dedicated to the Countdown Round, in which the top individuals (based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds) engage in verbal-response, head-to-head competitions. The use of calculators is not permitted. St. Bonaventure holds this round in the Walsh Science Center amphitheater. Two competitors concentrate on the mathematics problem shown on the screen, while families, coaches, and the rest of the participants look on. The two students have 45 seconds to answer. When a competitor thinks she has the answer, she raises her hand and then states her solution. If her answer is incorrect or of she takes too long to begin speaking, the other student has the remainder of the 45 seconds to answer.
The three highest-ranking individuals from the morning session, the three highest-ranking teams from the Team Round, and the top individual from the Countdown Round receive trophies during the award ceremony.
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