MATHCOUNTS at the Coast Guard Academy

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers will hold its annual MATHCOUNTS competition at the Coast Guard Academy Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dimick Hall Auditorium.

MATHCOUNTS is a program aimed to elevate the prestige associated with achievement in mathematics among sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students, increase public awareness of the importance of mathematics in daily life and bring about improvement in the math curriculum of local schools.

For over 20 years, the Academy has hosted MATHCOUNTS. The competition will bring roughly 300 students representing 34 middle and junior high schools from Eastern Connecticut to the Academy to compete. Cadet volunteers will help during the competition by coaching, mentoring and grading.

“MATHCOUNTS is a way to celebrate academy achievement and teaching,” said Keith Neilson, owner and operator of Dock, Inc. in Mystic, Conn., and head of the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers. “Every year I am encouraged by the capabilities of our youth."

Winners at the local level proceed to state competitions where the top four students and top coach earn the right to represent their state and territory at the national level.

The guest speaker for the event will be Christopher Danforth, Ph.D. Danforth is a professor at the University of Vermont, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

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