Online registration and sample questions can now be found at https://www.accordeducation.
The contest requires students to take a written test of 15 questions . Students are not allowed to use calculators. Participation is free, and prizes will be given to the top students and their teachers. Student prizes include an IPAD Mini 2, Kindle Fire HD 8 and a Kindle Fire. Teacher prizes include gift certificates in $150, $100 and $50 amounts.
According to Halis Kablan, the MathMatters coordinator and an assistant principal at Beehive Science and Technology Academy, “The primary goals of the contest are to stimulate interest and achievement in mathematics among elementary school students, and to provide recognition of outstanding young mathematicians, their dedicated teachers and their schools.”
Kablan noted that while there are a few math competitions for high school students, the MathMatters Contest is one of the only ones in Utah for grade school students. He added that last year, contest officials actually had to turn students away from the competition because there was so much interest in the event.
A question from last year’s test reads, “Tara bought some pencils spending $2.59 in total. Each pencil cost the same price and the number of pencils Tara bought was less than the price of each pencil in cents. How many pencils did Tara buy?”
Winners for MathMatters will be announced within hours after the testing at the STEM Expo at the South Towne Expo Center (9575 So. State St.). During the STEM Expo, students from Utah middle schools, high schools and colleges/universities will showcase their STEM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects. The STEM Expo, which runs from on , is free and open to the public. The Utah STEM Expo is also hosted and organized by Beehive Science and Technology Academy.