The Virgin Islands Department of Education (DOE) invites the public and members of the media to attend the 2019 MATHCOUNTS chapter competitions held in both the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts.
St. Croix District
Begins at 9 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall
Students representing Arthur A. Richards Jr. High, Church of God Holiness Academy, John H. Woodson Jr. High and the Good Hope Country Day School will participate in this year’s competition.
St. Thomas-St. John District
Begins at 9 a.m., Monday, Feb. 18, in the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School Library
Students representing Antilles School and Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School will participate in this year’s competition.
Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry.
The Sprint Round consists of 30 problems that are distributed to individual competitors. This round is a search for accuracy, with time being such that only the most capable persons will complete all of the items. Calculators are not permitted during this round. (40 minutes)
The Target Round consists of eight problems presented to individual competitors in four pairs. This round features multi-step, calculator-active problems that engage mathletes in mathematical reasoning and problem solving processes. Calculators are permitted during this round; problems assume calculator use. (6 minutes per pair; approximately 30 minutes total)
The Team Round consists of ten problems on which the team works together to produce an answer. Team member interaction is permitted and encouraged during this round; problems assume calculator use. (20 minutes)
The Countdown Round is a fast paced, oral competition for top-scoring individuals (based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds). In this round, pairs of mathletes will challenge each other in oral competition. Calculators are not permitted during this round. This round is considered an unofficial part of this competition. (45 seconds per question)
The winning team will receive prizes and will advance to the state MATHCOUNTS finals, which will be held on Thursday, March 21, on St. Croix.
Local sponsors of the 2019 MATHCOUNTS competition include the Virgin Islands Department of Education, Rotary Club Mid-Isle, the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II and the University of the Virgin Islands.