MATHCOUNTS ® Unveils New Math Tool For The New Year: Announcing OPLET, A Web-Based Educational Database Resource

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MATHCOUNTS ® (http://www.mathcounts.org) , a non-profit educational foundation is starting off the New Year offering a new mathematics tool called OPLET -- a database of 10,000 math problems and the ability to create personalized worksheets, flash cards and Problems of the Day with these valuable resources for middle-school students. OPLET (Online Problem Library and Extraction Tool) users have access to thousands of problems found in MATHCOUNTS School Handbooks and Competitions problems from the past 10 years with the ability to extract the problems for use in personalized formats. (Each format is generated into a pdf to be printed.)

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Teaching kids about creative problem solving and encouraging and guiding critical thinking in middle-school and beyond is the mission of MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS ® (http://www.mathcounts.org) , a non-profit educational foundation is starting off the New Year offering a new mathematics tool called OPLET -- a database of 10,000 math problems and the ability to create personalized worksheets, flash cards and Problems of the Day with these valuable resources for middle-school students. OPLET (Online Problem Library and Extraction Tool) users have access to thousands of problems found in MATHCOUNTS School Handbooks and Competitions problems from the past 10 years with the ability to extract the problems for use in personalized formats. (Each format is generated into a pdf to be printed.)

A 12-month subscription is just $275, and up to six teachers per school may share a subscription. Schools registering students in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program will receive a $5 discount per registered student.

Among the options that can be personalized with OPLET are:

  •     Format of the output: Worksheet, Flash cards or Problems of the Day
  •     The number of questions to include
  •     Math concept: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Counting and Probability, Number Theory, Other or Random Sampling
  •     MATHCOUNTS Competition usage: Problems without calculator usage (Sprint Round/Warm-Up), Problems with calculator usage (Target Round/Workout/Stretch), Team problems with calculator usage (Team Round), Quick problems without calculator usage (Countdown Round) or Random Sampling
  •     Difficulty Level: Easy, Easy/Medium, Medium, Medium/Difficult, Difficult or Random Sampling
  •     Year range from which the problem was originally used in MATHCOUNTS materials: Problems are grouped in five-year blocks in the system. Once these criteria have been selected, the user can:

1.    Opt to have the computer select the problems at random from an appropriate pool of problems or
2.    Can select the problems from this appropriate pool of problems him/herself.

"Teaching kids about creative problem solving and encouraging and guiding critical thinking in middle-school and beyond is the mission of MATHCOUNTS," according to Lou DiGioia, Executive Director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. "We want to help make learning math as fun and as challenging as any school sport. Our Competition and free Math Club programs are both exciting and rewarding. They provide a great experience, and prepare our Mathletes ® for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. They represent our future in a changing world and global economy, and we have to focus on these vital skills now."

MATHCOUNTS® is a non-profit national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory, and is one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students in America.

The MATHCOUNTS programs capitalize on a pivotal point in a child's development by exposing students to more math and engaging them in fun activities. The programs offer teachers, kids and parents terrific free materials to aid them in math enrichment and MATHCOUNTS prepares kids for a high-tech future that will require mathematics related skills to achieve success. Over the last 25 years, more than 6 million students have used MATHCOUNTS materials and over 100,000 middle-schoolers from all 50 states and U.S. Territories compete in local and regional MATHCOUNTS Competitions each year. The final 228 students advance to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition to vie for the top spot in May at the end of each school year.

For further information about subscribing to Oplet visit http://www.mathcounts.org

For press information or to arrange interviews contact:
Barbara Pflughaupt
212-707-8181
or
Amy Gorton
310-578-9943

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