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MATHCOUNTS(r) Releases Free Middle School Curriculum; Materials Generates Student Interest and Ability in Mathematics


ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 23 -- The ability of our nation to protect itself from threats and continue to generate high paying jobs depends on our success in fostering advanced math skills in today’s youth. MATHCOUNTS can help and is pleased to announce that the all-new 2005-2006 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook is on its way to every middle school across the country and available at

Provided free of charge and meeting National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards for grades 6 - 8, thousands of teachers, and their students, eagerly await the annual release of the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook. Educators appreciate the handbook’s 300 creative problems and incorporate them into the curriculum or as an extracurricular activity.

MATHCOUNTS materials build students’ problem-solving skills, sharpen analytical abilities and promote logical thinking. Additionally, members of the National Society of Professional Engineers and other volunteers work with teachers to stimulate student interest in mathematics. Much of the excitement stems from the MATHCOUNTS competition, but many students simply appreciate being challenged beyond what they normally see in the classroom.

Each year, more than 6,000 schools across the nation select students to compete in their local written and oral competitions during February. Winning Mathletes(r) progress to the State Competition with results there determining the top four individuals and top coach who represent their state or overseas team at the Lockheed Martin MATHCOUNTS National Competition in May. At all levels, MATHCOUNTS challenges students’ math skills, develops their self-confidence and rewards them for their achievements.

The mission of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States. The financial support and collaboration of corporate powerhouses, professional associations and individuals, educators and a growing volunteer force enable the nonprofit MATHCOUNTS to positively impact more than 500,000 students each year. More than seven million students have developed problem-solving skills with MATHCOUNTS.

MATHCOUNTS’ Founding Sponsors are the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. National Sponsors also include ADC Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Lockheed Martin, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, Shell Oil Company, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3M Foundation and Xerox Corporation.

The Lockheed Martin MATHCOUNTS National Competition – 2006 will be held May 11 - 14 in Arlington, Va.


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