Mathematics Education Team

The Effects Mathematics Competitions have on Stimulating Optimal Performance in the Classroom

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Mentor: Shatoya Estime

snestime980@ecsu.onmicrosoft.com
Elizabeth City State University
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Dana Chandler

dschandler014@students.ecsu.edu
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Justin M. Dobie

justinm.dobie@gmail.com
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ABSTRACT

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The Effects Mathematics Competitions have on Stimulating Optimal Performance in the Classroom

The presence of mathematics competitions originates from the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The IMO began in 1959 in Romania and is the largest and most prestigious scientific Olympiad for high school students around the world. The competition consists of six, 42-point problems varying in subject. The questions are primarily based on pre-calculus, which is a common level of mathematics for high school students. Subjects beyond high school level are also incorporated into the competition such as projective and complex geometry, functional equations, and number theory. MATHCOUNTS and the American Mathematics Competitions are just two examples of mathematics competitions open to middle and high school students. MATHCOUNTS is a multi-level national program established in 1983 that provides students the opportunity to compete with their peers. The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) are a series of examinations based on curriculum materials that focus on building problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge. The most important value of a math contest is to kindle student’s interest in mathematics while encouraging them to value intellectual activities. Students will often turn an activity into a contest; they love games and always want to be the best at what they do. Math competitions can inspire them to become good at mathematics in the same sense that sports encourage physical fitness. Competitions train students to deal with successes, failures, and proves that practice is effective to their performance. In our daily lives we often have to deal with elements of pressure. Competitions can be a model by which students learn how to cope with and overcome pressure [3]. The discussion of our research is focused extending friendly mathematics competitions to local and surrounding high school students in the 9 th grade, examining how their mathematics knowledge plays a role in their competition performance, and discussing the importance of student participation in mathematics competitions.

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Elizabeth City State University

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Science Gateways Community Institute

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The goal of CERSER is to develop and implement innovative and relevant education and research collaborations focused on ice sheet, coastal, ocean, and marine research. CERSER is also part of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) which provides coordinating activities across the National Science Foundation, eventually providing services more broadly to projects funded by other agencies. Sharing expertise about technologies and strategies would allow developers to concentrate on the novel, the challenging, and the cutting-edge development needed by their specific user communities.

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