MATHCOUNTS is a national math coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. The competition is designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders only. The subject matter includes geometry, combinatorics, counting, number theory, and algebra.
MATHCOUNTS is one of the country’s largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan have all recognized MATHCOUNTS in White House ceremonies. The MATHCOUNTS program has also received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative.
President Barack Obama meets award recipients of the 2010 Mathcounts National Competition in the Oval Office Monday, June 28, 2010.
MATHCOUNTS promotes student interest in mathematics by making math achievement as challenging, exciting and prestigious as a school sport. At the beginning of each school year, the MATHCOUNTS Foundation provides a complimentary copy of its School Handbook and other materials to middle schools across the country. Teachers and volunteers use these materials to coach student “Mathletes,” as part of in-class instruction or as an extracurricular activity. After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in one of the more than 500 written and oral competitions held nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas.
A school can register a maximum of one team of four students and six individuals; these 1-10 students will represent the school at the Chapter Competition. The first competitions are held at the local (chapter) level in February with winners progressing to state competitions in March. Results at the state level determine the top four individuals and top coach who earn the opportunity to represent their state or overseas team at the national finals. trip to represent their state at the national finals in May. At all levels, MATHCOUNTs challenges students’ math skills and rewards them for their achievements.
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