Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Montgomery/Chester) today announced the visit by nine middle school students to the State Capitol to celebrate their award-winning teams in the MATHCOUNTS competition, which occurred in early March.
The fifth- through seventh-grade students attend Valley Forge Middle School and Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District. As members of the MATHCOUNTS team, these gifted students are among the most exceptionally talented who have a strong math interest.
“The children visiting the Capitol today are inspiring role models to their peers, and represent the next generation of math leaders in science, technology and engineering,” Kampf said. “I have had the great opportunity to visit them in my Paoli office, and I continue to be deeply moved by their academic abilities, their passion and dedication to a subject they love so much. Their excitement about math--and all of the discipline’s various applications--is infectious!”
Kampf is also grateful to the Whitaker Science Center for hosting the group for their IMAX showing at the Select Medical Auditorium of “Titan of the Ice Age.”
MATHCOUNTS is the nation’s premier middle school math enrichment and competition program.
“Every year, 25 to 30 public, parochial, private and home schools participate in the Chester County MATHCOUNTS Competition in February,” said Bill Gorman, an engineer and member of the Society of Professional Engineers who serves as the Chester County program coordinator. “More than 200 students compete each year in our competition. They all work very hard to prepare for this event and we believe they all realize a permanent benefit from their preparation and participation in our competition. The winners of our competition represent the best and brightest in Chester County and they are consistently among the best in all of Pennsylvania. They bring fun, enthusiasm and intensity to math. Every year the students are inspiring.”
“A trip to Harrisburg by this particular group of children would be incomplete without a visit to the Whitaker Center, and I am most grateful to Steve Bishop and others on the center’s staff for their willingness to host students from my district,” Kampf said.
“Just as Whitaker Center often hosts exceptional talent in the arts and science, we are proud to host these exceptional math students visiting us from Chester County,” said Steve Bishop, vice president for Science and IMAX Programs.
In addition to a meeting with Kampf, a capitol tour, recognition in the House, and the Whitaker Center, the students and their coach/advisors (Allison Long of Valley Forge Middle School and Lisa Stehouwer of Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School) will also have a briefing with William Bertrand, STEM representative in the PA Department of Education’s Bureau of Teaching and Learning. Bertrand will discuss the many aspects of math as a subject, but also the approaches Pennsylvania is taking to strengthen curriculum in STEM subjects.