576 Students Advance to National MathCON Finals in Chicago, Guest Star Tom London- Tech Magician & Hacker to Perform

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More than 51,000 students nationwide from 46 states competed in the online competition, top one percent advance to finals.

576 Students Nationwide Advance to MathCON Finals in Chicago on May 5

MathCON gives us the unique opportunity to engage students in the joy of math at a young age, says Ayhan Caputlu, Director of MathCON.

Five hundred-seventy six students out of 51,400 students nationwide that participated in the online competition have qualified for and are competing at the 10th annual National MathCON Finals held on May 5 at the University of Chicago (UIC) Forum in Chicago.

The finals competition is a day-long event, including the 90-minute testing window inclusive of 70 multiple choice and constructed response questions. The MathCON competition questions include several mathematical disciplines including algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, number systems and pre-calculus and must be completed without the use of calculators.

The day-long finals event will bring together elementary, middle and high school students to compete for various prizes and national prestige through various math questions and activities. In addition to the testing portion, students at this year’s competition will enjoy a mathematics magic show by renowned magician, Tom London-Tech Magician & Hacker, a variety of interactive mathematics games, entertainment by Chicago DJ Ryan and a pizza party with other participants. For a full agenda, visit mathcon.org.

"MathCON gives us the unique opportunity to engage students in the joy of math at a young age," says Ayhan Caputlu, Director of MathCON. "The competition encourages students from all over the nation to engage in math now, preparing them for a life and career as future innovators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It does this by making math both competitive and rewarding, but also fun and interesting.”

The National Finalists (top student in each grade 5 through 12) will receive a cash prize of $300. The Gold medal winners will receive $200; Silver medal winners will win $100; and Bronze Medal winners will be awarded $50. This year, the top 576 student finalists are representing 32 states and are traveling from as far away as California, New York and Rhode Island.

To attend the entertainment portion of the event featuring Tom London- Tech Magician & Hacker, please register for free. This portion will be held from 2 pm-2:30 pm CST at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608.

About Tom London
Tom London has been artistically combining the worlds of technology, magic and deception into his impressive performances, leaving his audience both excited and wary of the future of technology and its effects on our everyday lives. London has received over 30 million views worldwide. For more information about Tom London, visit his website.

About MathCON
MathCON is a nonprofit national mathematics organization recognized for its annual student mathematics competition for students in grades 5-12, with more than 200,000 student participants since 2008. Students from charter, public and private schools as well as individual students are eligible to compete in MathCON.

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