Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna visited Collister Elementary School in Boise this morning to recognize Idaho students for working hard in mathematics and helping raise money for local nonprofit organizations – at the same time.

In February, students in Idaho and Indiana competed head-to-head in the Math State Showdown to see who could solve the most complex math problems on Apangea Math, a web-based supplemental math program that is part of the Idaho Math Initiative.

While Indiana eked out the win and solved the most problems, Idaho students were victorious in donating the most money to charity.

Through Apangea, students earn points as the solve complex math problems. They can redeem these points for prizes, such as gift cards or T-shirts, or they can choose to donate their points as contributions to nonprofit organizations in Idaho.

Because so many Idaho students chose to donate their points, they raised more than $1,200 for The Idaho Foodbank, The Idaho Meth Project, and the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign – just in the month of February. This equals more than 6,265,000 points donated or approximately 3,699 hours that Idaho students spent solving complex math problems. 

“We have great kids in Idaho. They work hard, they do well in school, and they care about the people in their community,” Superintendent Luna said. “I am so grateful and honored to be your State Superintendent!”

Mr. Frank Robinson’s fourth-grade class at Collister Elementary in Boise won the Most Valuable Class award in Idaho for solving the most problems statewide during the competition. Superintendent Luna, Dr. Don Coberly of the Boise School District and representatives of Apangea visited the school Wednesday to celebrate the students’ success. The gifted-and-talented class solved 6,821 problems in less than 30 days, topping all other classrooms competing in grades 3-8 statewide.

A fourth grade class at Indian Hills Elementary School in Pocatello won second place in the competition.

As part of Idaho’s Math Initiative, Apangea is available to any student in the state for free and can be used in the classroom as part of the curriculum or before school, after school or during the summer as a supplement to a student’s education.

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