What is MATHCOUNTS? MATHCOUNTS is a national math program for middle school students of all ability levels to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. Since its founding in 1983 (38 years ago), over six million students have participated in MATHCOUNTS. National sponsors include the National Society of Professional Engineers and local sponsors include the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers (NHSPE).
Why is MATHCOUNTS Important? Strong math skills are essential for success in a rapidly expanding number of careers and is required by U.S. industry which faces a dire need for employees with advanced math abilities to remain globally competitive. MATHCOUNTS focuses on grades 6-8 because middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love of mathematics must be nurtured and their fear of mathematics must be overcome. A 2016 independent survey found 84% of students indicated their enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) had grown through their participation.
About the Competitions: Chapter competitions in each State are held in February. Winners of the chapter competitions compete in the State competition in March and winners of each State competition compete in an all-expense paid trip to the National competition, which is typically held in Washington, D.C. or Orlando, FL. Competitions consist of three written exams in the morning which are then graded by volunteers. In the afternoon the top 12 finishers compete head-to-head in front of the audience in the very exciting, and fast-paced Countdown Round. It’s amazing how quickly these students can calculate the correct answer. The competition concludes with an awards ceremony, where trophies and plaques are presented. In New Hampshire, six chapter competitions are held throughout the State in February, and in March, the State competition is held at Plymouth State University. Approximately 300 students from 50 schools participate each year in the NH MATHCOUNTS program.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Volunteer as an Assistant Coordinator to help organize and run the competitions. Six Assistant Coordinators are needed. National MATHCOUNTS provides fantastic guidance for all coordinators. No experience is needed.
Sponsor a competition. Costs for the seven competitions vary from approximately $600 to $1000 per competition. Expenses typically include facility rental, trophy purchases and lunch. Sponsors will be appreciably recognized at the competition they sponsor as well as at the State competition.
Donate: Checks can be made out to the “NHSPE Educational Fund – MATHCOUNTS” (a non-profit 501(c)(3)) and mailed to:
P.O. Box 1343
If interested in any of the above opportunities to help us keep the NH MATHCOUNTS program going strong, please send an email to Gregg Comstock, PE, the NH State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator. We’d love to have you join our team. I look forward to hearing from you.
Winners of the 2019 New Hampshire State MATHCOUNTS competition held on March 9th at Plymouth State University who will represent New Hampshire at the National competition in Orlando, FL in May. From left to right: Coach Sarah Frischknect (Academy for Science and Design), Garima Rastogi and Anshul Rastogi (Rastogi Home School), Roxane Park (Crossroads Academy) and Deetya Nagri (Academy for Science and Design).
MATHCOUNTS is a national mathematics competition to provide engaging math programs to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students of all ability levels to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. In New Hampshire, it is sponsored by the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers and the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics.
The state is divided into six regions. The students first compete at their local schools and then at the regional level in February. The three winning teams from each region, together with top-scoring individuals not represented on those teams, then compete at the state level in March to determine the four top individuals who will represent New Hampshire at the national competition in Orlando, FL in May.
This year the State competition was held on March 9th at Plymouth State University. Approximately 100 middle grade students from 30 schools participated. At the state meet, the students are given three written tests. Based on those results, the 12 top-scoring competitors then compete in the Countdown Round, a fast-paced test in which the questions are projected on a screen and the students have a maximum of 45 seconds in which to answer. After the exciting Countdown Round the winners are announced and awarded trophies and plaques.
Based on the State meet results, the four very talented and excited individual winners who will make up the NH State Team that goes to Orlando, FL to compete in the National Competition on May 12–13 are:
1st Place: Garima Rastogi, Rastogi Home School, Anusha Murali (Coach)
2nd Place: Anshul Rastogi, Rastogi Home School, Anusha Murali (Coach)
3rd Place: Roxane Park, Crossroads Academy, Maria Squire (Coach)
4th Place: Deetya Nagri, Academy for Science & Design, Sarah Frischknecht (Coach)
Sarah Frischknecht, Coach for the winning team, will coach the State Team and will accompany the team to the National Competition.
The three winning teams at the State Meet are as follows:
1st Place: Academy for Science & Design, Sarah Frischknecht (Coach)
2nd Place: Richmond Middle School, John Kitzmiller
3rd Place: Crossroads Academy, Maria Squire
The winners of the State Countdown Round are as follows:
1st Place: Anshul Rastogi
2nd Place: Deetya Nagri
Runner up: Garima Rastogi
Runner up: Roxane Park
Dr. Natalya Vinogradova of the Mathematics Department coordinated the activities at Plymouth State University.
If you are interested in coaching a team or volunteering to help at a competition please contact Gregg Comstock, P.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a donation to help sustain the MATHCOUNTS program, please click on the “DONATE” button at the top of this page.