22nd Annual MATHCOUNTS Program set for Feb. 12

The Rockford Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers is currently planning the 22nd Annual Regional MATHCOUNTS Program.

MATHCOUNTS involves sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and was developed as a positive and rewarding enhancement to local math programs.

The local MATHCOUNTS Program involves students from schools within the Rockford Chapter boundaries—Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties.

This year’s Regional Competition will be Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Rock Valley College-Woodward Technology Center in Rockford. The top two teams along with the top two individuals will advance to the State Competition on March 5 at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Ill. The four top finishers at the State Competition advance to the National Competition in Washington, D.C. Four Mathletes will represent Illinois in the National Competition. This past May, Team Illinois was crowned 2004 National Champions.

Ten local area schools will be competing this year.

The schedule for the competition will be as follows: noon-12:30 p.m., registration; 12:30-12:45 p.m., general instructions; 12:45-1:30 p.m., sprint round; 1:30-2 p.m., target round; 2-2:30 p.m., team round; 2:30-3 p.m., break; 3-3:45 p.m., countdown round; and 3:45-4 p.m., awards.

Parents are invited at 2:30 p.m. for refreshments. The Countdown Round and awards presentation begins at 3 p.m.

For further information or details, please contact Doug Curry, Stenstrom Excavation & Blacktop, at 398-3478 or by e-mail at DougC@rstenstrom.com.

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