NIU to host math contest for high school students

mathThe NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences will host a regional mathematics competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at DuSable Hall and the Altgeld Auditorium.

More than 400 students from 16 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 then will 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, St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Waubonsie Valley and West Aurora.

This is the 36th year of the ICTM High School Mathematics Contest – and NIU has hosted all but one of these ICTM events.

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) logo“It is an honor for us to host this event. The participating teams represent close to 40,000 high school students,” says Anders Linnér, director of the ICTM contest hosted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. “They invest a lot of time in preparation for this contest throughout the academic year, and now they have a chance to measure their skills with against a large number of equally talented students across the region.”

As is tradition, NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences Chair Bernard Harris will hand out the awards at the end of the ceremony scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in the Altgeld Auditorium.

For more information, email hschair@ilmathcontest.com.

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