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Getting Middle School Students More Engaged in Math

Getting Middle School Students More Engaged in Math

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I thought that some of you may be interested some information about a program that is dedicated to getting middle school students more involved in math. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a national nonprofit devoted to helping middle school students not only succeed in math but truly enjoy it as well. They're currently hosting their third annual “Math Video Challenge," a unique project-based activity that can help students relate to math in real-life terms.

During the contest, teams of students create fun, engaging videos based on real-life applications of math. They can do this in class, or outside of school with a parent or other volunteer. To make the contest even easier on advisors, MATHCOUNTS has created a Quick Start Guide with all the information needed to participate. Students are attracted to the contest because there are amazing prizes like a trip to Florida and scholarship money, which motivates them to look at the material in a new light.

One participant said: the Math Video Challenge “enabled me to think of creative ways to solve hard problems. In addition it allowed me to see some real life applications. Now when I get stuck on hard math problems, I think of them differently and how I can relate it to real life.” Students are able to see math through a different lens when they’re challenged to think outside of the box.

For more information on MATHCOUNTS or the Math Video Challenge, please visit these webpages at mathcounts.org and mathvideochallenge.org/2014.

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