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NIU to host math contest for high school students

February 25, 2015

Photo of math problems on paper and pencil tipThe NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences will host a regional mathematics competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at DuSable Hall.

More than 450 students from 17 high schools will participate in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Regional High School Mathematics Contest.

Individual and team competitions will be held in a number of subject areas, including algebra, geometry and pre-calculus. Prizes will be awarded to both individuals and teams in each subject, and also to the best all-around performing schools. Winners will then compete in the statewide competition later this spring.

Participating high schools include Antioch, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Grant Community, Grayslake Central, Grayslake North, Kaneland, Lakes Community, Metea Valley, Neuquea Valley, Oswego, Oswego East, Round Lake, St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Waubonsie Valley and West Aurora.

This will be the 35th year of the ICTM High School Mathematics Contest; NIU has hosted all but one of these ICTM events.

“This is a great experience for the high school students,” says Anders Linnér, director of the ICTM contest. “They invest a lot of time in preparation for this contest throughout the academic year, and now they have a chance to compare their skills with a large number of equally talented students across the region.”

As is tradition, department Chair Bernard Harris will hand out the awards at the end of the ceremony, scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in Cole Hall.