(BEDFORD) - On Thursday approximately 7,000 students in grades 4, 5, and 6th from around the state will compete during the 16th Annual M.A.T.H. Academic Team for Hoosiers for the top title.
According to M.A.T.H. Bowl Director Denise Buckingham, the competition will take place at 44 sites and locally at the BNL Auxiliary Gym.
The competition is a team concept with no individual winners. Each of the four rounds consists of three team members working on seven multiple- choice problems which will be read to the students and projected on a screen simultaneously. Problems can be from one of four curriculum's: number sense, computation, algebra and functions, or problem solving.
After the emcee, Daniel Dyke, assistant principal at BNL, reads the question, each squad will have 30 to 60 seconds to consult with team members and determine an answer. More time is given for difficult questions. The team captain will answer the question by circling the chosen response on the answer sheet.
Each problem will be graded immediately and a scoring chart will maintain a running team score.
The team members of the schools with the highest scores in each of the four enrollment classifications at each site will be recognized with awards after the competition. The top ten teams statewide will receive either a plaque or certificate to place in their school.
The competition is administered by Indiana Association of School Principals Department of Student Programs and is an attempt to emphasize the important of mathematics in upper elementary grades.
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