Registration for MATHCOUNTS ® 2008-2009 Programs for All U.S. Middle Schools is Now Open : MATHCOUNTS OPLET, a web-based library of MATHCOUNTS problems scheduled to launch late Fall 2008

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As students return to classrooms to begin the new school year, MATHCOUNTS (http://www.mathcounts.org) is gearing up for its 26th year of providing teachers and coaches with new programs, promotions and math problems that engage and educate middle-schoolers in fun and exciting ways. In addition to the free Math Club Program available to any middle school that wants to form a math club, The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program will also help prepare them for the national Math Bee that will be held this year on May 8, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.

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Our Competition and Math Club materials help make learning math as fun and as challenging as a school sport. It's a winning experience - and one that prepares our Mathletes® for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. They represent our future in a changing world and global economy.

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.

"Middle school is the perfect time to teach kids about creative problem solving and to encourage and help guide critical thinking," according to Lou DiGioia, Executive Director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. "Our Competition and Math Club materials help make learning math as fun and as challenging as a school sport. It's a winning experience - and one that prepares our Mathletes® for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. They represent our future in a changing world and global economy."

Registration for the 2008-2009 MATHCOUNTS Competition Program or MATHCOUNTS Club Program is now open by registering on the web site (http://www.mathcounts.org), and currently more than 50,000 copies of the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook will be distributed to middle schools across the country this week. Thousands of teachers currently use the free materials every year to supplement classroom materials or as an extracurricular activity.

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 7 million students have used MATHCOUNTS materials and over 41,000 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 as the national math bee winner.

Launching in late fall 2008 will be an invaluable math resource, the MATHCOUNTS OPLET (Online Problem Library and Extraction Tool), a database of 10,000 problems and the ability to work with them to create personalized worksheets, flash cards and Problems of the Day. After purchasing a 12-month subscription to this online resource, the user will have access to MATHCOUNTS School Handbook and MATHCOUNTS competition problems from the past 10 years and the ability to extract the problems in personalized formats. Materials and information are available at the newly redesigned website http://www.mathcounts.org.

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