High school math contest planned for Tuesday

For immediate release: November 14, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will host the annual high school math contest Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kehr Union, multipurpose rooms A and B.

Twenty local high schools are competing this year, with an expected 54 teams and 220 students. The registered schools include: Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Conrad Weiser, Freedom, Hamburg, Hazleton, Jim Thorpe, Mahanoy, Millville, Nativity BVM, Nazareth, North Schuylkill, Parkland, Pius X, Scranton Prep, Selinsgrove, Shamokin, Southern Columbia and Wallenpaupack.

“The contest will consist of three main events split into two competitions. The morning competitions will include the Quiz Bowl and Brainteasers, while the afternoon competition will be The Game of 24 Points,” said Lisa Lister associate professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics.

The Quiz Bowl is a game between two teams, where each team is given a pencil and paper to answer a given question. For each correct answer, a point will be rewarded. The 16 teams with the highest scores will advance to the next round.

Brainteasers, also part of the morning competition, is a game in which each team is given a set of teasers in a test-like format. Using pencil and paper, participants must work as a team and answer the questions. All answers will be collected at 11:30 a.m. and the team awarded the most points wins.

The last portion of the math competition, The Game of 24 Points, will be held in the afternoon. This game will allow two to three teams to compete during five- to 10-minute rounds. The game deals from a deck of cards, excluding all face cards, to a group around a table. Teams must attempt to add, subtract, divide or multiply their given number cards to equal 24. The teams awarded the highest points will advance to the next round.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.