JUNEAU - This fall, middle school students in Juneau and Southeast had the opportunity to participate in Mathcounts, a nationwide math enrichment, coaching and competition program.
Mathcounts promotes math achievement with all the challenge of a school sports event. Student Mathletes are currently in training, using specially prepared coaching materials, provided free of charge by the Mathcounts Foundation to all middle schools across the country.
In January, the mathletes compete to earn the right to represent their school at the local Mathcounts competition, with the opportunity to advance to state and national competitions. At all levels, students can compete as team members and individually in written and oral matches. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Students win prizes such as trophies and scholarships.
The Chapter Mathcounts Competition will be on Feb. 9 at the Juneau-Douglas High School. The public is invited to "The Countdown Round" at noon in the JDHS library.
To make a tax-deductible donation or help with the chapter competition, contact Douglas Murray at 780-6151.
In Southeast, this program is made possible through the support of many businesses and organizations. Leadership is provided by members of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation and the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.