Parents often ask us, whether their children should participate in the math competitions. I would like to quote Richard Rusczyk, the founder of Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Inc. and a co-author of the Art of Problem Solving textbooks, who says that “most immediate value of math contests is obvious – they pique students’ interest in mathematics and encourage them to value intellectual pursuits”. He also continues, “Beyond encouraging interest in mathematics, contests help prepare students for competition. For better or worse, much of life is competition, be it for jobs or resources or whatever”. We agree with Richard wholeheartedly and want our students to have the great experience with the well-known mathematical contests:
American Mathematical Competitions (AMC) is the oldest and the most prestigious nationwide mathematical competition in the United States. Many public and private high schools participate in the AMC-10/12 but far fewer middle schools offer AMC-8. Since 2011 MathAltitude School of Mathematics serves as an AMC-8 test center for the Worcester County and the surrounding towns.
Math Kangaroo Competition is an international mathematical competition with more than 40 countries that take an active part in it. There are twelve levels of participation: from grade 1 to grade 12. The competition is held annually on the third Thursday of March. MathAltitude School of Mathematics is the only Math Kangaroo center in Worcester.
Noetic Learning Math Contest is a biannual math challenge for elementary students (grades 2-8). In this contest students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems that can cover a broad range of mathematical skills. MathAltitude was among the first three schools in Massachusetts to offer the NLMC in November 2013. Last year the number of young math enthusiasts taking part in the contest grew significantly and we expect even greater attendance this year.
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Talent Search is the gateway to the various CTY’s highly regarded summer programs, online courses, and other services and resources designed for advanced young learners. It is also a tool that helps the academically gifted students to receive well deserved public recognition.
The Math Club for MathAltitude students in Grades 6 to 9 (Grade 5 by special invitation) meets online once a month on Fridays from October 16 through June 4. Students are taught new concepts and techniques, with an emphasis on solving outside-the-box problems found in math competitions, including, but not limited to AMC-8, Noetic Learning, and Math Kangaroo. MathAltitude offers preparation workshops for all competitions. Space is limited. Inquire about schedule and space availability by calling us at (860)-37 LEARN or by email. firstname.lastname@example.org.