For more than 20 years, Department-assisted overseas schools have participated in the annual MATHCOUNTS Program. Each year more than 400,000 students participate in the national math enrichment, coaching and competition program for students in grades 6 through 8. The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a program designed to excite and challenge middle school students; to heighten student interest in mathematics; and to provide the following benefits:
- Build math skills, promote logical thinking and sharpen analytical abilities through challenging and exciting activities.
- Foster teamwork and a competitive spirit among students.
- Enhance self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment through setting and achieving goals.
- Involve students and teachers in year-long coaching sessions that help students improve their problem-solving skills.
In addition to meeting the curriculum standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and receiving enthusiastic parental support, this program has a structure which is adaptable to schools of all sizes and financial means.
MATHCOUNTS provides the preparation and competition materials to Department-assisted overseas schools who register for the program. Individual schools conduct several months of coaching before competing in their Chapter Competition held during February. Results from the State Competition, held in March, are used to determine the four highest-ranked Mathletes and the coach who comprise the Department of State team. The team receives an expense-paid trip to the MATHCOUNTS National Competition.
In 2010, Raytheon hosted the 27th
annual competition at Disney World from May 6 to May 9. The State Department team, coached by Josiana Fadel from the American School of Brasilia, included Mathletes Ji Soo Lee and Seoung Hwan Choi from the International School of Prague, Jang Hyun Cho from the International School of Chennai, and Ryo Yoshida from the American School of Brasilia.
In 2011, the competition will take place in Washington DC at the Renaissance Washington D.C. from May 5-8.