• mathcounts

    Lufkin Road Middle School is providing opportunities for students to participate in both of the premier middle school math competitions: the AMC 8 and Mathcounts. Both competitions will be held virtually. Participating in and preparing for these competitions helps students to broaden and deepen their understanding of mathematics, improve their problem solving skills, and socialize with similarly interested peers.

    AMC-8 will be offered on November 10, 2020. This test is 25 multiple choice questions in 40 minutes. Any number of students are allowed to take the exam, but the school needs to know of students' interest in time to order the correct number of exams; the deadline to sign up and pay will be Tuesday, October 27th. The cost is $5, and you can sign up and pay HERE.

    The Triangle Chapter Mathcounts competition will take place February 5, 2021. The individual competition consists of two rounds lasting 30-40 minutes each, one of which allows the use of a calculator. Both are free response as opposed to multiple choice. Lufkin has paid the registration fees and can send up to 10 students to the competition. There will be four online practice competitions (in October, November, December, and January) that will help students get ready for the official event and will help our MathCounts advisors identify the top candidates for the official competition in February.  Up to 60 students from Lufkin can participate in these practice competitions. Interested students can contact Mrs. Gardner (lgardner@wcpss.net) - the Mathcounts sponsor - for more information. Students will then need to register on the AoPS website, and then be given a "code" with which they can take one of the practice tests.

    Lufkin MathCounts is meeting virtually through Google Meet on Mondays, 3:05-4:00, to practice. We welcome students from all grades, regardless of which class they are enrolled in at school. Join the google classroom with code: ha3m7i7. 

    Interested students are also strongly encouraged to sign up for a free account on artofproblemsolving.com. Both AMC-8 and Mathcounts competitions will be hosted on this site this year, and it also provides some fantastic resources for practice and development. (Students under 13 will be required to provide parent contact info, and the parent needs to provide consent.)

    To get a feel for the types of problems and level of difficulty, please see the 2019 AMC-8 and the chapter Mathcounts exam from earlier this year. Students who are used to getting near-perfect scores in their math classes are often shocked to struggle initially to answer even a few of these right. Those who persist are rewarded to see their skill improve and their scores rise.