Campus to host area high school students for American Mathematics Competition
On February 5, 2013, Penn State Mont Alto will host the American Mathematics Competition on campus. Mont Alto is the only public site for the AMC in this area and one of only six in Pennsylvania. The AMC is a national mathematics contest aimed at talented secondary students with the goal of “strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth,” according to the Mathematical Association of America which administers the event. Students who perform above a certain level in this contest will be invited to participate in additional competitions up to, and including, the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Penn State Mont Alto will offer two versions of the contest on February 5:
- The AMC 10, which is designed for students in a program leading to a high school diploma, under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest, and not enrolled in grades 11 or 12 or equivalent.
- The AMC 12, which is designed for students in a program leading to a high school diploma, under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest.
According to the MAA, “the main purpose of [the contests] is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through solving challenging problems in a timed, multiple-choice format.” The contest was made open to all students, including home-schooled students, who meet the MAA age and grade equivalency requirements (see amc.maa.org for details). Information was distributed to area schools through guidance offices. Registration is now closed, but members of the media are welcomed to attend. For specific questions about the AMC at Mont Alto, please contact Mathematics Instructor Kira Hamman at firstname.lastname@example.org.