MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school and junior high mathematics. Volunteer members of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE) coordinate the program in Minnesota.
It is one of the oldest and most successful education partnerships, involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. In Minnesota, MATHCOUNTS has been reaching out to students and teachers since 1983.
Listen to long-time MATHCOUNTS Coach Bill Prem talk about what makes this program so special:
The program combines the use of MATHCOUNTS curriculum material and competitions, which challenge students’ math skills, develop self-confidence and reward achievement.
Preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders
MATHCOUNTS influences students at an age when they are formulating attitudes about math. The program’s timing in the educational process is selected to impact students when they can still elect to take the appropriate math courses through high school, preparing them for college and math-oriented careers.
Each year, more than 1,200 Minnesota students participate in the program. They tell us this experience is often one of the most memorable and fun of their middle school years.