The 2017 Traverse des Sioux chapter MATHCOUNTS competition took place at Minnesota State University Mankato on Feb. 3rd, and once again Kahler Automation was a proud sponsor of this enriching educational opportunity for area students.
What is MATHCOUNTS?
According to the MATHCOUNTS website, "The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers ... and is open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.
"Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success."
Longtime support from Kahler
The Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers hosts the annual Traverse des Sioux chapter MATHCOUNTS competition. Kahler Automation has been a supporter since 2004, sponsoring an annual golf outing fundraiser for the chapter. Chief Financial Officer Chantill Kahler-Royer has volunteered at the competition for many years.
This year 135 students from 16 schools participated in the event. More than 500 chapter competitions take place nationwide each year; there are 56 state competitions. Teams are made of 4 students, and the school can bring an additional 6 individual competitors, for a maximum of 10 students per school.
This year the top 3 teams and 4 individuals qualified to advance to the Minnesota MATHCOUNTS state competition, held March 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. The top 4 individual competitors at the state competition receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition in May. The 224 students at nationals compete for the individual and state team titles.
This year the top 3 teams were from New Ulm Public Middle School, Hutchinson Middle School, and Prairie Winds Middle School. The top 4 individuals were Isaac Blumhoefer of New Ulm Public Middle School, Jonah Kramer of Prairie Lutheran School, and Michael Christensen and Aiden Erickson, both of Hutchinson Middle School.
Teams at the 2017 competition
- Dakota Meadows Middle School (North Mankato)
- Fairmont Junior High School (Fairmont)
- Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop Middle School (Fairfax)
- Hutchinson Middle School (Hutchinson)
- Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial School (Lake Crystal)
- Loyola Catholic School (Mankato)
- Madelia Public School (Madelia)
- Martin County West Sherburn Elementary School (Sherburn)
- New Ulm Cathedral School (New Ulm)
- New Ulm Public Middle School (New Ulm)
- Prairie Lutheran School (Fairfax)
- Prairie Winds Middle School (Mankato)
- St. Peter Lutheran School (St. Peter)
- St. Peter Middle School (St. Peter)
- Sleepy Eye Public Schools (Sleepy Eye)
- St. Paul's Lutheran School (New Ulm)
How the competition works
From the MATHCOUNTS website: "The Competition Series has 4 levels of competition — school, chapter, state and national. Each level of competition is comprised of 4 rounds — Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round. Altogether the rounds are designed to take about 3 hours to complete.
- Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.
- Target Round: focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. Students receive 4 pairs of problems and have 6 minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.
- Team Round: focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator. Only the 4 students on a school's team can take this round officially.
- Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator."