Math Counts

On February 11, 2017, completed MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, a MakerMinded activity.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is the only competition program of its kind, with live, in-person events in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and schools worldwide through the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department. Students participate in “bee style” contests at the school, chapter (local), state and national level.

From The Submitter:

I participated in this activity to promote and support those math students who wanted a challenge. Since I had several students in Math Counts that were also in my classroom, it motivated them to dive deep into the problems. The students enjoyed doing math every week and working as a team. I will provide a high school student next year to help reinforce skills and problem solving and help in promotion of continuing in the program. Students learned how to problem solve and work as a team on more difficult problems than seen in the classroom. It also helped with their pacing on timed tests since the competition series was timed.

Siddarth said "Math Counts was a lot of fun. I learned many new things.", Eric said "MathCounts was a fun experience giving me fond memories at the same time. While the weather prevented us from meeting at times, we were prepared., Savannah said "I enjoyed being a part of Math Counts this year because everyone was friendly, I learned a lot, and overall, had lots of fun.

About Our Program:

The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), and Tennessee Tech University's iCube are working to spread the MakerMinded program to schools throughout Tennessee. MakerMinded is a workforce initiative created with the purpose of generating manufacturing mindsets in middle and high school students. Using the digital platform provided by, schools can find and complete activities related to manufacturing and STEM, earn points, and move their way up the online leaderboard as they gauge their progress against other schools in the state.

The goal of the program is to immerse more students in STEM and manufacturing learning experiences, increase the number of students pursuing further STEM education and training, encourage students to develop foundational technical skills, and expose under-represented populations to manufacturing and STEM fields.

"If we continue to allow students to turn away from STEM education without providing them the opportunity and encouragement to continue it, then we are doing them and our country a disservice," said Larry Brown, Executive Director of LIFT.

To learn more about MakerMinded and get your school involved, visit or contact Tennessee Tech University's iCube Executive Director Kevin Liska at

This submission was published on Friday, April 28, 2017 - 15:20 by sjohnston.
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