Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE), the Washburn University mathematics and statistics department, and the Washburn University education department are hosting the annual MATHCOUNTS Topeka regional competition Saturday, Feb. 2 on the Washburn University campus. Middle school students nominated by their math teachers from the Topeka, Lawrence, and Emporia areas will go through several rounds of testing beginning at 8 a.m. Washburn University students will assist in facilitating the tests in Henderson rooms 100, 107, and 118.
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration in the lobby of Henderson Learning Center
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Sprint Round (no calculators allowed)
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Target Round (calculators allowed) / Break
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Team Round (calculators allowed)
11:20 am - 12:00 p.m. Countdown Round (no calculators allowed)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Awards
“Our department looks forward to working with KSPE and supporting the Topeka regional testing every year,” said Kevin Charlwood, chair of the Washburn University department of mathematics and statics. “Our faculty and students get to share our enjoyment of math and encourage middle schools students to pursue their interest in math. We are particularly excited to host the state finals this year.”
The top students from the regional competitions across the state will return to the Washburn campus Mach 2 for the state finals. The top four students from the final rounds receive an all-expense paid trip for them and their parent(s)/guardian(s) to attend the national MATHCOUNTS competition in May in Washington, D.C. KSPE funds the trips to the state competition.
KSPE works to promote and enhance the engineering professional through professional development and advocating for policies that better human welfare and the engineering profession. Part of this work includes helping ensure the future of engineering, as seen in their encouragement of middle school students to get excited about and find rewards in math.
The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to U.S. middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success. For more than 30 years, MATHCOUNTS has provided enriching, extracurricular opportunities to students and free, high-quality resources to educators.