Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ferris In The News

Area Schools Participate in Ferris MATHCOUNTS

Area middle school “mathletes” recently converged on the Ferris State University campus for the annual Woodbridge Ferris MATHCOUNTS competition. The all-day event featured 79 middle school students working to solve math problems as individuals and teams, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Upon the completion of preliminary rounds, the top 10 student competitors competed head-to-head in a countdown round. With 45 seconds to solve each problem put before them, two individuals would be presented a problem such as, “In a 30-year period, what is the maximum number of leap years?” Other questions included: “Five toppings for pizza are available at Polina’s Pizza. How many combinations of two different toppings are possible?” MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide math enrichment program for sixth- through eighth-grade students. The local event is sponsored by the Big Rapids chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, with financial support from Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology. Regional MATHCOUNTS coordinator is Ferris professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Chuck Drake.

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