Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Idaho and Indiana Prepare for Math State Showdown

Apangea Math, a web-based adaptive math solution supporting grades 4 – 12, will host an exclusive state-duel motivational contest during the month of February to get students excited to “do” math and encourage them to have fun developing their math skills. Apangea Math will be working with 70,000 kids in both Indiana and Idaho during the math contest.

Apangea Math, the Idaho Department of Education, and the Indiana Department of Education hope to facilitate out-of-school learning; students can take advantage of anytime, anywhere access to the State Showdown to better their math skills. In last year’s contest, Apangea Math saw students work for over 60,000 hours, scoring a combined 15 million points. In the inaugural year, Indiana narrowly beat Idaho. That victory was won when Indiana’s after-school hours on the final night pulled them into the top spot.

The Superintendents of both states--Tom Luna of Idaho and Dr. Tony Bennett of Indiana--have been integral in generating buzz around the showdown. See their video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df_1MUiXaA8&NR=1&feature=endscreen, and take a look at Supt. Luna's message to Idaho students competing in the challenge here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=KrQ_uw6cB1A&feature=endscreen.
As an incentive to learn, Apangea Math will be incorporating motivational prizes during this competition. Overall state competition scoring is based on the top 20 classes (selected by average points per student) in each state plus bonus points. The state with the highest total points will be the 2012 State Showdown Champion and be awarded the coveted traveling trophy. The Most Valuable Class (MVC) will be selected for each state based on highest average lessons passed per student. The MVC will be awarded a ceremony and pizza party with state DOE/SDE, a banner and t-shirts. The next 9 classes in each state will each get a pizza party prize pack. Lastly, there will be Individual Awards to be based on lessons passed during evening/weekend time. These students will be entered to win prizes like $20 gift cards and a chance to win a $100 grand prize as well.

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