NYSSPE Coordinates 2015 New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition


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The competition room (RPI Commons Building)

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) coordinated the New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.  The group of NYSSPE volunteers was once again led by Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE’s Long Island Regional Vice President.

MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program. Volunteers from the Suffolk Chapter NYSSPE facilitated a series of fun and challenging rounds, including an individual section, speedier target rounds, and a collaborative team round, which were held in the morning session. After a lunch break provided by RPI, it was time for the Countdown Round, which showcased the top 12 individual performers in a head-to-head single-elimination tournament. [Read more…]

A New York State Mathcounts Team Makes it to “Reel” Math Challenge

This year a New York State team has made it to the finals of the “Reel” Math Challenge. The team is from St Mary’s St Alphonsus Regional Catholic School in Glens Falls, New York. The team members are Nolan Hogan, Max Barton, Kalyn McGuire and Theresa Hajos coached by Elizabeth Hogan. The “Reel” Math Challenge is part of the National Mathcounts Program designed to promote math skills to middle school students. The “Reel” Math Challenge is now in its second year.

“Reel” Math is a competition to make a 5 minute video about a solution to a problem in the Mathcounts handbook. Four person, middle school teams from all across the United States participated in this year’s challenge. In all 253 teams submitted videos which are all archived on the “Reel” Math website. (www.reelmath.org) This competition is meant to excite students about math while allowing them to hone their creativity and communication skills. Each video must teach the solution to the selected math problem as well as demonstrate the real-world application of the math concept used in the problem. [Read more…]