Jul 30, 2014

Meadowbrook Student to Compete in National Math Tournament

Seventh grader finishes fourth in state to advance to nationals; Meadowbrook team finishes seventh state-wide.

Meadowbrook Student to Compete in National Math Tournament Meadowbrook Student to Compete in National Math Tournament

The following information is from The Meadowbrook School:

A seventh grade student from the Meadowbrook School of Weston will represent Massachusetts at the national MATHCOUNTS tournament. Matthew Lipman, a Lexington resident, placed fourth in the statewide tournament held last weekend at Wentworth Institute of Technology to earn a spot on the Massachusetts team.

Matthew and three other middle school students from schools across the state will compete at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in May. Only four out of 128 students competing at the state level advanced to the national contest. MATHCOUNTS will live stream the national competition on their website, on May 11 at 2 p.m.

The Meadowbrook School’s MATHCOUNTS team of four middle schoolers finished in seventh place out of 27 teams state-wide. Math coach Alifiyah Ghadiali said of her mathletes, “We spent many hours preparing for both the regional and state competitions. This team is a talented and dedicated group of students, and I couldn’t be prouder of them and their success.”

MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. Teams must first compete at the regional level before they can advance to the state competition.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program consists of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, like these:

  • A rectangular tile measures 3 inches by 4 inches. What is the fewest number of these tiles that are needed to completely cover a rectangular region that is 2 feet by 5 feet? Answer: 120 tiles.
  • When Bob exercises, he does jumping jacks for 5 minutes and then walks the track at 4 minutes per lap.  If he exercised for 73 minutes on Monday, how many laps did he walk? Answer:  17 laps

For most of the competition rounds, students have 45 seconds or less to complete the problems, most often without the use of a calculator.

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