There are various opportunities to volunteer before and during Houston Engineers week, one of which we pay special attention is MathCounts. Learn more below
MATHCOUNTS® is a competition series program overseen by the MATHCOUNTS® Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The program strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS® provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.
The 2022 MATHCOUNTS Virtual Greater Houston Chapter Competition was held February 17, 2022. The competition hosted 227 students from 38 different schools in the Houston Area. Based on scores, approximately 46 additional students from the Greater Houston Chapter were invited to compete at the State Competition on March 19, 2022 in Austin. The National Competition was held in Washington, D.C. May 8-9, 2022.
Greater Houston Top 4 Students:
- Kevin Chen (Fort Settlement Middle School)
- Alexander Z Sun (Sartartia Middle School)
- Geoffrey T Zuo (Fort Settlement Middle School)
- Channing Yang (Fort Settlement Middle School)
Additional resources provided by the MATHCOUNTS organization that give a bit more detail in regard to the competition and a summary of the coordinator role.
- Chapter Competition: February 11, 2023 at FLOUR (1 Flour Daniel Drive), 8am-3pm
- State Competition: March 18, 2023 at Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, 8a-3pm
- National Competition: May 12-16, 2023 in Orlando, Fl
Future City 2022
Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, & 8th grades imagine, research, design, & build cities of the future. Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, students build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, public spaces, & green energy.
The 2021-2022 theme is A Waste-Free City. Teams will design a representation of a city using recycled materials. Participants complete four deliverables: a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model built from recycled materials; a project plan; & a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. This year 11 teams competed in the Houston Regional Competition with the winning team coming from The Circle School. The winning team, Guayana City, represented the Houston region at the National Competition on March 23, 2022. After completing Future City, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex & technical world, but also poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.
2022 Houston Region Competition Winners
- Best Space Based Design — Odysessy Academy — New Salvaged Australis
- Best Environmentally Friendly — JSTEM — Royal Sprout
- Best Engineered Project — JSTEM — Raan Zester
- Best Residential Zone — Odysessy Academy – Neo City
- Areeb’s Memorial Award (committee award) — Circle School — Guayana
External Special Awards
- TexITE Transportation — Al Hadi — Jingtu
- PMIEF Award — JSTEM Academy — Leviathan City
- NCEES (Landing Surveying Practices Award) — Al Hadi — Jingtu
- 3rd Place — Beckendorff — Beckendorff (Colors United)
- 2nd Place — Al Hadi — Tierra Limpia
- 1st Place / overall winner to Nationals — Circle School — Guayana
More information on the Future City Website here.