Annual Mathcounts event to be held at Penn State Harrisburg on Feb. 4

Mathcounts is designed to build mathematics skills, promote strategic problem solving, and instruct middle school students in dealing with complex problems

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Students from 10 area middle schools will gather at Penn State Harrisburg’s Capital Union Building for the 37th annual Mathcounts competition from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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 help from Penn State Harrisburg faculty, students and staff, as well as HACC faculty.

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) careers.

The snow date for the event will be Sunday, Feb. 5. For more information, contact Jeanne Miller at [email protected] or 717-948-6081.