Pitt-Johnstown to Host Regional Math Competition


posted February 01, 2017

Area middle school Mathletes will compete in the Johnstown chapter contest of the national MathCounts program Saturday, February 11, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

The event takes place in the Engineering and Science Building and begins at 9 a.m.

Approximately 100 students from 12 schools will compete in the event organized by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. MathCounts is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability.

The top individual will receive a $500 scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics, and geometry. Winners receive trophies and advance to the State MathCounts finals, March 18 and 19 in Harrisburg. 

Schools represented are: Berlin Brothersvalley, Blacklick School District, Blairsville, Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Holy Name, Richland Jr./Sr. High, Saint Michael, Saltsburg Middle School, Somerset Area, Westmont Hilltop, and Windber.

Local sponsors include Bock’s Tops Screen Printing, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber, CJL Engineering, CME Management, LLC, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, East Hills Engineering Associates, 1st Summit Bank, HF Lenz Company, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) -Johnstown Chapter, Keller Engineers, Inc., Slovenian Savings & Loan, Somerset Trust Company, The EADS Group, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

The national sponsors include Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, Phillips 66, Texan Instruments Incorporated, 3M foundation, Art of Problem Solving, Nextthought. The National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and CNA Foundation founded MathCounts.

For additional information, contact Amy Miller at 814-269-7258.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.