Middle school students from throughout Michiana faced off in the Math Counts competition at the University of Notre Dame on Saturday.
A record of ten schools sent students to the competition to answer challenging math problems before time clocks ran out. The competition includes a sprint round where students answer a large number of questions in a 40 minute time period, a speed round where competitors have six minutes to answer two questions and a team round where groups work together to answer 10 questions in 20 minutes.
Jim Schmiedeler says the competition is proof that young students are being encouraged into science and other similar disciplines.
“It shows interest in these kids going into science, technology, engineering and mathematics - the STEM disciplines, which is, from an educator's standpoint, exactly what we're hoping for,” says Schmiedeler, an associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, “These kids spend a lot of time on their own time practicing for this competition, and it really shows with how quickly they're able to answer the problems.”
Schmiedeler says the organizers were impressed by the students. This year, Discovery won the competition, finishing first in the team competition and securing the top three individual scores.