MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide mathematics competition program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Each year, the National MATHCOUNTS Foundation provides free handbooks to teachers and schools across the country. The handbook contains more than 300 challenging math problems designed to promote higher order thinking skills and problem solving strategies.
Teachers use these materials to coach their students as part of the competition program and many supplement their regular lesson plans with MATHCOUNTS materials. After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in a local competitions coordinated by TSPE Chapters. Teachers or coaches may organize school competitions to determine official team members.
Local Chapter Competitions are held in February each year and are comprised of three rounds of written testing – Sprint, Target, and Team. The top 10 students from the written testing are selected to compete in a fast-paced head to head oral Countdown Round. The Countdown Round is used for fun and to practice for the state level competition. At least four (4) teams and four (4) individuals from the Preston Trail competition will advance to compete at the state level, where the top four (4) students and their coaches earn the right to represent their state at the national level. The national competition is typically held in May. Travel expenses for the State teams and coaches are paid by the MATHCOUNTS Foundation.
Career Days is an ongoing program that gives engineers the opportunity to interact with young high school and middle school students throughout each year. Each year members from the Preston Trail Chapter visit high schools, middle schools and attend career fairs. The engineers visit with young students in an attempt to promote engineering and to answer any questions that students may have about the engineering profession.
At the Preston Trail Chapter, our goal is to provide a better understanding of the role of professional engineering and to attract a higher percentage of engineering graduates to the licensing track. Talking with students about engineering is an ideal way to meet those goals.
Engineers involved with Career Days often derive a great deal of satisfaction in traveling to local schools and visiting with young students. Dates for Career Day events vary each year depending on the schedule of the participating schools.
The purpose of our scholarship program is to promote engineering as a rewarding career choice and to attract qualified persons to practice engineering. By awarding scholarships, (renewable for up to four consecutive years) our chapter hopes to raise public awareness of engineering and provide a public service to the Preston Trail Chapter’s Community.
The scholarships are awarded each year to a local high school student who will be attending a college or university with an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering program in the fall. Students must plan on attending a college or university in the state of Texas and must remain in the engineer program in order to renew the scholarship.
NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK
- Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
- Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
- Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents
- Looking for ways to jumpstart your plans, listen to 5 Ways to Make a Difference During Engineers Week webinar
More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.
Every year in February the TSPE Preston Trail Chapter teams up with the TSPE Dallas Chapter to host a local E-Week Reception where we recognize our awardee’s (Engineer of the Year & Young Engineer of the Year) and celebrate the engineering profession.