• What are the chances of finding a room full of students eager for a math challenge?

    If it’s Onslow County Schools then the chances are very good.This Spring, gathered in Clyde Erwin Elementary School’s Multi-purpose room, will be more than eighty 5th grade students representing each district elementary school excited to be part of MathCounts, a competition that tests students’ math prowess in subjects such as algebra, geometry, probability and more.

    Four students from our fifth grade will be selected to represent Carolina Forest International Elementary. If you consider yourself a math whiz and are up for the challenge, see Mrs. Burdette about trying out and becoming a member of this team. 

    The competition is comprised of four rounds — two rounds are individual competitions and two rounds are team centered.

    • Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.

    • Target Round: focuses on problem solving and mathematical reasoning.       Students receive four pairs of problems and have six minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.

    • Team Round: focuses on problem solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator.

    • Ciphering/Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 60 seconds (at our local round) per problem without a calculator.

    The students will tell you the competition makes math fun, in spite of their butterflies. The teams work with a me and meet often to sharpen their skills, support each other and collaborate to prepare for the competition.