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CBU College of Engineering hosts MATHCOUNTS for area middle schools

RIVERSIDE (Feb. 11, 2013)—MATHCOUNTS, a competitive mathematics program held at California Baptist University on Feb. 9, attracted 159 middle school students from 23 area schools.

Jonathan Shi of Riverside, a student at Frank Augustus Middle School, won the final individual countdown round, while Earhart Middle School’s Zherui Xuan earned the highest scores in the written round. In addition, teams from four area schools will move on to the state competition: Frank Augustus Middle School and Earhart Middle School, both of Riverside; Cope Middle School of Redlands; and Vail Ranch Middle School, Temecula.

"MATHCOUNTS is a national competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement," explained Dr. Ziliang Zhou, chapter competition coordinator and chair of CBU’s mechanical engineering program. "Participants advance through school, chapter and state competitions until the final students are selected from 57 states and territories to advance to the national competition held each May."

CBU's College of Engineering (CoE) has hosted the Riverside/San Bernardino chapter competition since 2009. COE students volunteer their time during the event to serve as competition graders and proctors. Top performers receive a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year) if they enroll in the CBU engineering program as a full-time student in the future. 

The competition included four rounds: the spirit round consisted of 30 problems that could only be completed by the most capable students within the time limit; the target round featured multi-step problems to engage students in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes; the team round included 10 problems that team members worked together to solve; and the countdown round was a fast-paced, oral competition for individuals with the highest scores from the spirit and target rounds. Calculators were only permitted in the target and team rounds.

The Southern California state competition will be held March 9 at the University of California Irvine. The 2013 Raytheon national competition will take place in Washington, D.C. May 9-12.

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