Friday, March 10, 2017

MC students volunteer at area MATHCOUNTS competition

• Competition designed to improve math skills among U.S. students

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Saturday, February 11, Midland College (MC) Engineering students joined forces with Engineering students from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) to assist the Texas Society of Professional Engineers with the area MATHCOUNTS® competition.

During the competition, 6th, 7th and 8th grade Mathletes® from Permian Basin area schools competed individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects included algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Students from Trinity School of Midland won the coveted trophies and will advance to the state competition to be held on March 25 in Austin at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel.

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) – Permian Basin Chapter sponsored the local competition, which is affiliated with the national MATHCOUNTS® program.

“MATHCOUNTS® is designed to improve math skills among U.S. students,” explained Dr. Sonia Ford, MC department chair of Mathematics, Engineering and Physics. “The program focuses on middle school students who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life, especially if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.”

MATHCOUNTS® was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation. The Midland College Engineering Club is a Texas Society of Professional Engineers student chapter—one of the few community college chapters in the nation. Dr. Brian Flowers, MC Engineering instructor, is the club’s advisor. For more information about Engineering courses at MC, contact Flowers at (432) 685-4586, .

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