By Nina Adelman Stolar
Students at the 20th annual Peninsula MathCounts
competition. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Seeman)
A group of 112 middle school students from 15 local
schools participated in the 20th annual Peninsula MathCounts competition
held on Saturday, February 1, at SLAC. The students, teachers and
volunteers appreciated the welcome they received from Emily Ball (PAO) and
they were quite impressed with the facilities.
For the written portion of the nationwide competition, two
individual rounds were followed by a team round where the students worked
together to answer the questions in the time allotted. A ‘Jeopardy’ style
competition followed lunch.
Twenty students from Nueva School in Hillsborough, Jane
Lathrop Stanford Middle School and Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto,
Blach School in Los Altos and Bayside School in San Mateo advanced to the
State Competition to be held in March at UC Davis.
MathCounts is a nationwide math coaching and competition
program designed to improve math skills among U.S. middle school students
through grassroots involvement. Over six million students have
participated in the MathCounts program. MathCounts’ Founding Sponsors are
the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Volunteers act as coaches during the year and are needed
as proctors and graders during the competition. The local competition was
sponsored by Applied Biosystems. If you would like to be involved next
year, please contact Nancy Seeman (Stanford U.) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on MathCounts, see: http://www.mathcounts.org/