Making Fun of Math – Mathletes Compete in State Math Contest this Month
The practices are over. They qualified to represent their school. They survived the chapter competitions. Now, the state finals are upon us. These Mathletes are ready to step up their game for scholarship opportunities.
Starting at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning, March 23rd, 2019, 153 middle school students representing 51 schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will compete in the 2019 MATHCOUNTS State Competition at Ernst Hall, University of Louisville in Louisville. These students are advancing from chapter competitions that were held February 9th, 16th and 23rd, 2019 at 13 different locations across Kentucky. 13 first place individual finishers at these chapter competitions have already brought home a four-year tuition scholarship to the University of Kentucky and a four-year $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University.
At the State competition, the challenge is harder but the rewards are even better. Besides receiving trophies, t-shirts, and certificates, the top four students will win four-year, full tuition college scholarships to either the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville* and an expenses-paid trip to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, Florida from May 11-14, 2019, where they will represent KENTUCKY for the national title and individually compete for additional scholarships, a trip to US Space Camp, medals, and more. Students who place fifth through tenth on March 23rd will receive a four-year $1,500 scholarship at either of the universities listed above. (*Five years if the student attends U of L and majors in engineering.) In total, Kentucky MATHCOUNTS makes available a total of 59 scholarship opportunities for these middle school Mathletes each year!
MATHCOUNTS was founded in 1983 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Insurance Company, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is celebrating its 36th year. It is estimated that over 250,000 students nationally and 9,000 students in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be exposed to MATHCOUNTS through the classroom, home study, or private coaching experiences.
MATHCOUNTS represents the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers’ (KSPE) on-going commitment to encourage 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to gain leadership skills, problem solving techniques, and a general understanding for solving problems in real world situations while using their love for math. Engineers hope to impress such skills to students as essential to their future academic and professional careers. Students compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced, oral, and often awe-inspiring matches designed to stimulate their exposure to a wide range of mathematics.
KSPE, headquartered in Frankfort, Kentucky, sponsors the MATHCOUNTS program through its non-profit, education-based corporation, the Kentucky Engineering Foundation, Inc. The program is operated and administered by volunteers from the engineering community with financial support by many companies, individuals, and organizations.
The program would not be possible without our supporters so a big “Thank you!” is in order to the many companies and individuals that contribute. Among the Kentucky supporters are the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University, which provide the scholarships. Other financial supporters include: American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, Kentuckiana Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, Stantec Consulting Services, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., and Louisville Community Foundation for the Zoeller Company, to name a few.
Kentucky’s MATHCOUNTS program is one of the most successful in the United States with several Top Ten success stories, including having the 1995 National Champion and placing 9th in 2000 and 2007. The program succeeds by making math achievement as challenging, exciting, and important as a school sport. “Mathletes” prepare all year to compete individually and in teams and their performance is impressive.