About 265 students from 25 middle, intermediate, elementary and junior high schools in three counties are registered to compete in the 35th Annual Lehigh Valley MATHCOUNTS® on Saturday, February 9, with a snow date of Sunday, February 10. The event will be held at Lower Macungie Middle School, 6299 Lower Macungie Road, Macungie, PA 18062.
Students will take written tests from 9:15 a.m. until 11:45 in the gymnasium. The top ten scoring students will face off in the Countdown Round, a “Jeopardy” style oral competition, at 1 p.m. in the school auditorium.
Organized by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the PA Society of Professional Engineers for students in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, and Monroe Counties, the event is one of about 20 Pennsylvania competitions. Regional winners advance to the state competition on March 15 and 16 in Harrisburg. Students and coaches devote many after school hours to prepare for what some have called the “Olympics of Math.” The 2018 National MATHCOUNTS® Competition will take place in Orlando on May 11 through 14, with Raytheon Corporation as the title sponsor. Nationwide approximately 40,000 students, representing more than 5,500 schools will participate in the 2018 MATHCOUNTS® Competition.
Lehigh County schools participating in the event are: Eyer Middle School; Harrison Morton Middle School; Lower Macungie Middle School; Orefield Middle School; Saint Thomas More School; Southern Lehigh Middle School; Springhouse Middle School; Saint Ann School, Emmaus; Saint Joseph the Worker School; Saint Theresa School; The Swain School; and Trexler Middle School.
Schools from Northampton County are: East Hills Middle School; Easton Area Middle School; Moravian Academy; Nitschmann Middle School; St. Ann School, Bethlehem; St. Jane Frances de Chantal School and Saucon Valley Middle School.
Monroe County schools are Clear Run Intermediate School; Pocono Mountain East Junior High School; Pocono Mountain West Junior High School; Tobyhanna Elementary Center and Swiftwater Intermediate School.
Prizes at the Lehigh Valley competition include scholarships for math and/or science courses at Cedar Crest College, Moravian College, Lafayette College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, and Northampton County Community College.
MATHCOUNTS®, a program of the National Society of Professional Engineers, is a math enrichment, coaching & competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state & territory to provide today’s students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics careers.