CKSF Launches Auto Math Challenge For High Schools Across US

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The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation has created the National Auto Math Challenge, a national competition focused on high school students calculating the true costs of buying and maintaining their first car. Free to every high school the program is both an individual scholarship and a team competition that will recognize state level and national champion schools.

The Auto Math Challenge allows high school students to apply classroom math skills to real world situations. Students keep signing up and teachers seem to love it!

The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) is announcing the launch of the National Auto Math Challenge, a free online quiz competition available to all high school students in the United States. There are no Essays or GPA requirements. The competition, set to begin October 5th, consists of a series of online quizzes scored on time and accuracy resulting in a college scholarship and national trophy.

The competition was created as a practical way to teach students about the realities of buying and owning a car and practice their math skills. There will be three consecutively more difficult rounds. Each round consists of a 10 question quiz that will take less than 15 minutes to complete. Scores are automatically posted to the CKSF website allowing participants to see where they rank.

“Our goal was to create an interesting competition for students, one that math teachers would find valuable. We were hoping to have 100 students register for our pilot program last June but were shocked when over 800 students signed up. Over 4,000 students have signed up for the October Challenge, so we believe we are on to something big, something every math teacher can use,” says Daryl Hulce, CKSF president.

Most of the multiple-choice questions were submitted by high school students from across the country and are focused on the costs of buying and maintaining a car. The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation was hoping the questions would be aligned with the math Common Core Standards when they chose to highlight the importance of math in the purchase and maintenance of a car. These are important everyday skills everyone needs to calculate budgets and pay bills such as car insurance, fuel, and car maintenance.

Round one of the Auto Math Challenge is open to every high school student in the country, and the top five scorers from each school will advance to the State Championship Round. The individual overall highest scoring student will be awarded a $250 scholarship which may be used at the college of his or her choice. The top school from each state will advance to the National Championship Round, where the winning team will be declared the National Champions and receive the Auto Math Challenge Championship Trophy for their school.

Registration for the National Auto Math Challenge is now open at http://www.cksf.org.

About Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
Developed and administered at Nova Southeastern University's Fischler School of Education, the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) creates unique opportunities for students of all ages by awarding scholarships and prizes through the use of Internet-based quiz competitions. Students who answer the greatest number of questions correctly in the shortest amount of time are declared contest winners. Since 2001, CKSF has awarded over $350,000 to 800 participants in the United States. CKSF scholarships can be used at the school of the winners' choice.

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