Over 4,600 Schools & 670,000 Students Registered! Today Practice Week Kicks-Off for The Second Annual American Math Challenge

Oct 18, 2010, 14:11 ET from American Math Challenge

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In just two weeks, registration for The Second Annual American Math Challenge has increased from 50,000 to 670,000 registered students across the U.S.!  

This is the last week for kids across the country to sign up for the Challenge, which is powered by Mathletics, the leader in online math education.  Schools and students can register until October 22, 2010 at 6 p.m. EDT by logging on to www.americanmathchallenge.com.  

The fun officially starts today, with the American Math Challenge Practice Week, which lasts right up until the official start of the Challenge on Tuesday October 26, 2010 at 8 a.m. EDT. Students are sharpening key strokes and practicing their arithmetic for the Challenge, which will take place from October 26, 2010, at 8 a.m. EDT through October 27, 2010 at 11 p.m. EDT.

The American Math Challenge 2010 is a free online Challenge that encourages U.S. students of all ages to compete against their peers in a series of one-minute math challenges.

The American Math Challenge, jointly sponsored by the education nonprofit MATHCOUNTS Foundation and Voyager, an intervention company focused on math, reading, and professional development, invites U.S. schools and individual school-age students to sign up at www.americanmathchallenge.com before October 22.

American Math Challenge winners will receive a variety of prizes and recognition.  The Top Five students will be selected to represent the USA Team in World Math Day, taking place in March 2011.  The highest-scoring student will be declared "American Math Champion" and will earn an iPad and a Gold Medal.  Second- and third-place students will be awarded a medal and an iPod Nano.  Additionally, the Top 25 students will receive a certificate and an iPod Shuffle.  

As Ambassador for the American Math Challenge 2010, Scott Flansburg, Guinness World Record holder for being the Fastest Human Calculator™, will visit and present to the Top Three scoring schools.  

"In 2009, the American Math Challenge garnered more than 70,000 participants with an overall average improvement of 24 percent," said Flansburg.  "This year, before registration opened, the Challenge already had 50,000 pre-registrants.  We aim to set records and convert all U.S. students into feeling like 'math people.'"

SOURCE American Math Challenge