Feb 07, 2008

Seagate Technology Hosts Boulder County Mathcounts Competition at CU-Boulder on February 23

LONGMONT, Colo. - On Saturday morning, February 23, Room 140 of the Cristol Chemistry Building at CU-Boulder will be unusually quiet – despite the fact that the room will be filled with more than 100 middle-school students, most of who will be pumped up on sugar. Wired on jelly donuts and Jolly Ranchers candy, but extremely focused, these adolescent math whizzes will compete in the 2008 Boulder County Mathcounts Competition, sponsored by Seagate Technology.

With teams representing nearly two dozen middle schools throughout Boulder County, these sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders will be competing against the clock and each other, to solve mathematical problems that would befuddle many adults. The event includes four rounds, with the first three rounds done on paper and the final done orally, before all participants and coaches. Much like a TV game show, the pressure will be intense in this final round, when all are eliminated except a few top teams and individuals, who then advance to the statewide competition in March.

“We’ve been observing kids like these in action since we began sponsoring Mathcounts seven years ago, and they’re pretty amazing,” said Andy Davis, Seagate vice president of Design Engineering. “Judging by the mental energy and enthusiasm they demonstrate each year at these competitions, it’s clear they’re bound to be top-notch technical professionals – the kind we like to hire at Seagate. We’re encouraged to see this kind of enthusiasm and we’re proud to support a program like Mathcounts, which helps kids build skills that will serve them well in whatever career they choose.”

Leading the Seagate-hosted regional event is Craig Ullman, Boulder Chapter Mathcounts coordinator, who’s worked with Mathcounts students for 10 years, “These students possess amazing mathematical talent,” Ullman said. “They all have a very bright future ahead of them.”

The Boulder County Mathcounts competition begins at 8 a.m. The final competition is at 1 p.m., followed by an awards presentation.

Mathcounts was founded in 1983 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation. The program is designed to cultivate strategic problem-solving skills in middle-school students. More than five million students have participated in Mathcounts, which operates in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and worldwide schools run by the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department.

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