On Friday, March 7, students from ten West Virginia counties will come to Montgomery to participate in two regional Math Field Day competitions, testing their mathematical mettle and vying for a spot at the state level.
In all, around 180 students from grades 4-12 will take individual and team-based math exams to test their abilities. Students in grades 4-9 compete within their own grades while students in grades 10-12 compete against each other. The top finishers in each Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) region will receive an award and qualify for the state competition. The top county team also receives an award.
The WVU Tech Mathematics Department creates and grades exams for students in grades 10-12 and the top ten competitors from those grades are offered scholarships to attend WVU Tech in addition to a spot in the state competition. Top finishers at the state competition can move on to compete at the national level in the American Regions Mathematics League.
RESA 3 students from grades 4-12 will compete in the engineering building and labs. RESA 3 represents Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam counties. Students in grades 10-12 from RESA 4, which covers Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster counties, will meet in Orndorff Hall.