Approximately 250 middle school Mathletes® from 31 Hartford County schools will compete in the 2013 Hartford Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition at the University of Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 2. Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since the fall. Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches on subjects that include algebra, probability, statistics, and geometry.
Chapter winners will advance to the statewide competition on March 9 that will also be held at the University of Hartford and those winners will advance to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition to be held in Washington, DC on May 10.
The competition is organized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, hosted by the University of Hartford and sponsored by engineering firms and businesses in the Greater Hartford area.
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The top 16 Mathletes will be paired in a fast-paced, oral competition, competing against each other and the clock to solve problems.
MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among the nation’s students. The program focuses on middle school students who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.
2013 Hartford Chapter MATHCOUNTS — Participating Schools
Albert D. Griswold Middle School, Rocky Hill
Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, Bloomfield
Avon Middle School, Avon
Bristow Middle School, West Hartford
Canton Middle School, Canton
Catherine M. McGee Middle School, Berlin
Classical Magnet School, Hartford
DePaolo Middle School, Southington
Ellington Middle School, Ellington
Granby Memorial School, Granby
Har-Bur Middle School, Burlington
Henry James Memorial School, Simsbury
Irving Robbins Middle School, Farmington
Kennedy Middle School, Plantsville
King Philip Middle School, West Hartford
Medical and Teacher Preparation Academy, Windsor
Renbrook School, West Hartford
Renzulli Academy, Hartford
Sacred Heart School, New Britain
Sage Park Middle School, Windsor
Saint Edward School, Stafford Springs
Saint Thomas School, Southington
Sedgwick Middle School, West Hartford
Smith Middle School, Glastonbury
Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon
Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor
Thompson Brook School, Avon
Two Rivers Magnet School, East Hartford
Vernon Center Middle School, Vernon
Watkinson School, Hartford
West Woods Elementary School, Farmington