It's no secret that school funding is a critical issue, and getting things to add up can be tough to say the least. In Michigan's Great Southwest, a diverse group of students hopes to add a bit to the bottom line in the upcoming Mathnasium TriMathlon. That event is a precursor to the 3rd Annual National TriMathlon.
Mathnasium Center Director AJ Glowacki tells me that as local students prepare to test their math skills they are raising much needed funding for local schools.
The TriMathlon contest on October 19th, which is open to students in 2nd through 5th grades, is designed to show kids that math can be fun. In fact, children at all levels of math ability are invited to participate.
In addition to winning trophies, every student who participates earns money for local schools with each correct answer. Winners in each grade level advance to the National TriMathlon with the chance to earn ever larger school donations.
There is no charge to participate at the Stevensville Mathnasium, whose learning center is located at 5651 Cleveland Avenue in the Martins Supermarket complex.
Chris Brickley owns the local Mathnasium franchise, and he calls the event, "A wonderful opportunity for kids to have fun, test their match skills, and earn money for local schools."
The TriMathlon consists of three events including "Magic Squares" where students earn points for developing their own math problems..."The Counting Game" which tests their ability to count from any number, to any number, by any number...and "Mental Math Workout," which asks students to solve problems without pencil or paper to exhibit their "number sense."
All students in grades 2 through 5 are eligible whether they are in public, private or even home schools. Online registration is available at www.mathnasiumtriathlon.com.
Nationwide the event projects an aggregate school donation of roughly $37,000.00.
The phone number at the Mathnasium is 855-429-MATH.