Annual MATHCOUNTS event to be held on campus February 3

Students from 14 area middle schools will gather at Penn State Harrisburg’s Capital Union Building for the 34th annual MATHCOUNTS competition on Saturday, February 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A nationwide program that involves more than 500,000 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students, MATHCOUNTS is designed to build mathematics skills, promote strategic problem solving, and instruct students in dealing with complex problems.

The regional event on campus includes a Sprint Round, Target Round, Team Round and Countdown Round, where the top 10 individual mathletes compete. The Countdown Round and the concluding Award Ceremony are open to the public. The competition is run by the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, with assistance from Penn State Harrisburg faculty, students, and staff, and Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) faculty.

Participating schools include Central Dauphin Middle School, Eagle View Middle School, Good Hope Middle School, Greencastle-Antrim Middle School, Harrisburg Academy, Hershey Middle School, Lancaster Mennonite School, Lower Dauphin Middle School, Middletown Area Middle School, Northern York Middle School, Palmyra Middle School, Northumberland Christian School, Saint Joseph School, and Tuscarora Junior High School.

The event is a partnership between Penn State Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers, and HACC. It supports the college’s community outreach and spurs interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related careers.

The snow date for the event will be Sunday, February 4. For more information, contact Jeanne Miller at jmb84@psu.edu or 717-948-6081.