Idaho and Indiana Prepare for Math State Showdown with Unique State Competition to Increase Overall Math Results in Classroom

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Apangea Math, a Web-based adaptive math solution supporting grades 4–12, launches an exclusive state “duel,” a motivational contest, during the month of February, to excite students to “do” math. The duel is intended to encourage students to have fun while developing their math skills. During the math contest, Apangea Math will be rallying 70,000 kids in both Idaho and Indiana to actively participate in Apangea Math.

State Showdown 2012

Apangea Math, a Web-based adaptive math solution supporting grades 4–12, launches an exclusive state “duel,” a motivational contest, during the month of February, to excite students to “do” math. The duel is intended to encourage students to have fun while developing their math skills. During the math contest, Apangea Math will be rallying 70,000 kids in both Idaho and Indiana to actively participate in Apangea Math.

Our mission at Apangea Math is to facilitate learning beyond the classroom. Our program works as an integral part of a school solution that drives results inside and outside the classroom. During the State Showdown, students using Apangea Math take advantage of the “anytime, anywhere” access to better their math skills. In last year’s contest, Apangea Math saw students work for over 60,000 hours, scoring a combined 15 million points. In the inaugural year, Indiana narrowly beat Idaho, the victory coming down to the final night in which Indiana’s after-school hours pulled its students into the top spot.

For additional interest, this contest features a superintendent from both states: Tom Luna (Idaho) and Dr. Tony Bennett (Indiana), who have been integral in generating buzz for the showdown. A recent video features some back-and-forth competitive teasing about which state will win. Luna teases his rival, “Tony, I think you’re gonna come up a little short this time.” Dr. Bennett responds by challenging students to “keep the trophy,” and encourages “students to work hard every day so Indiana can stay where it deserves, on top.”

Throughout the competition, as an incentive to learn, Apangea Math will be incorporating motivational prizes. Scoring is based on the top twenty classes (selected by average points per student) in each state, plus bonus points. The state with the highest total points will be the 2012 State Showdown Champion and thus awarded the coveted traveling trophy. Each state will select its Most Valuable Class (MVC) by the highest-average lessons passed per student. The MVC earns a ceremony and a pizza party, with state DOE/SDE, along with a banner and T-shirts. The next nine classes in each state receive a pizza party prize pack. Last, there are Individual Awards based on lessons passed during evening/weekend time. These students will be entered to win prizes, such as $20 gift cards and the chance to win a $100 grand prize.

Apangea Math provides students not only with an exciting approach to further explore math, but also with the necessary tools to learn and practice problem-solving math skills.    

To stay current with Apangea Math, please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Apangea or visit the company Web site at http://www.apangea.com.

About Apangea Learning
Apangea Learning (http://www.apangealearning.com) provides one-student-to-one-teacher differentiated instruction, through an integration of tutoring technology and live, online, certified teachers. With programs based on one of the world's largest bodies of cognitive research, conducted by the U.S. Air Force, Apangea has both strong technical resources and a content-development prowess that enables it to harness advanced Web technologies and offer innovative instruction techniques. The privately owned company is based in Pittsburgh, PA.

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