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February 7, 2013

MATHCOUNTS regional competition comes to Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will host approximately 80 "Mathletes" from 10 middle and elementary schools from central and northern Indiana on Saturday (Feb. 9) in this year's regional MATHCOUNTS competition. 

The competition, which is open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. in the Stewart Center and will conclude around 2 p.m. The Countdown Round for the morning's top competitors starts at 1 p.m. in the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall, and the public is invited to attend, as it will include some audience engagement. Awards will be presented immediately after that round.

MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment and competition program that encourages sixth- through eighth-grade students throughout the United States to pursue mathematic achievement. It hosts regional, state and national competitions for individuals and teams. Winners from the regional level can go on to compete in the state competition and potentially the national competition.

Each school's team consists of four students, or "Mathletes," and a coach. The teams face off in a variety of mathematical challenges, including team rounds where all four team members must work together to solve the problem and individual rounds where students go head to head with other competitors.

"It is great to see so many schools and students getting involved in an academic event that emphasizes concepts, problem solving and teamwork," said Vincent Drvenich, a professor emeritus of civil engineering and co-director for Purdue's MATHCOUNTS regional competition. 

For 2013, competing schools include Central Middle School, East Tipp Middle School, Happy Hollow Elementary School, Klondike Middle School, Lafayette Tecumseh Middle School, Lebanon Middle School, Noblesville West Middle School, Joseph Tuttle Middle School, West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School, and Western Middle School.

Purdue's colleges of Engineering and Science and the A.A. Potter Chapter of the Indiana Society Professional Engineers collaborate to sponsor and organize this event.

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855, MorganLStephens@gmail.com

Sources: Vincent Drnevich, 765-494-5029, drnevich@purdue.edu

Bill Walker, 765-494-5890, wswalker@purdue.edu