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 in the country – involving volunteer engineers, educators, industry sponsors and students. In Minnesota, MATHCOUNTS has been reaching out to students and teachers since 1983.
Now Minnesota MATHCOUNTS and its parent organizations, the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers and the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation are working together to expand and diversify access to the field of professional engineering. Together, MATHCOUNTS, MPEF AND MnSPE offer programs spanning the full middle school to career continuum.
Listen to long-time MATHCOUNTS Coach Bill Prem talk about what makes this program so special:
Preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders
MATHCOUNTS influences students at an age when they are forming their attitudes about math. The program’s timing in the educational process is designed 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.