In Celebration of MATHCOUNTS(R) 25th Anniversary the Foundation Offers Free Tools to Create New Math Clubs for All U.S. Middle Schools

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Have you noticed brainy is in? Everywhere you look - television, the internet, books, and all forms of media, the message is clear - Math is Cool! Heroes of television shows like "Numb3rs" and the new "The Big Bang Theory" would have once been considered geeks, but are now our newest idols. Role models in a technological age include Microsoft's Bill Gates, Google founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page, and Apple's Steve Jobs - all who used their strengths in math to achieve success.

With the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers, MATHCOUNTS is celebrating 25 years of providing students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers

    In celebration of its 25th Anniversary year, MATHCOUNTS Foundation (http://www.mathcounts.org) is recognizing middle school Mathletes (TM) with the potential to become the idols of the future by giving kids the tools to get there with the launch of the new MATHCOUNTS Club Program. The program is a new initiative to help foster enthusiasm for mathematics in all students, and is free-of-charge to schools across America.

Thousands of teachers currently use the free MATHCOUNTS curriculum materials every year to supplement classroom materials or as an extracurricular activity. The new Club Program is designed specifically to extend the foundation's efforts to students and schools who do not wish to participate in a math competition with other schools, but want to encourage group activities and collaborative learning to develop students' mathematical abilities.

MATHCOUNTS(R) is a 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.

Since MATHCOUNT'S inception, more than 7 million students have used MATHCOUNTS materials and over 39,000 middle schoolers from all 50 states and US Territories compete in local and regional MATHCOUNTS competitions each year. The final 228 go on to the national competition to vie for the top spot as the nation's winning Mathlete. The 2008 finals of the MATHCOUNTS National Competition will be held in Denver in May.

"With the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers, MATHCOUNTS is celebrating 25 years of providing students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers," says Lou DiGioia, Executive Director of MATHCOUNTS. "The MATHCOUNTS Club Program will help extend that foundation throughout the country to any school that wants the tools to start a math club, and we look forward to the next 25 years of math achievement and advancements the program will help create."

For information on MATHCOUNTS visit: http://www.mathcounts.org

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