America’s brightest middle school Mathletes® attempt to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title May 10
Submitted by Brian Jackson on May 9, 2013
Submitted by: Raytheon MathMovesU
What do you get when you combine 325 mathematicians and Pascal’s Triangle? The shape of things to come ...
This Friday, May 10, hundreds of America’s brightest middle school Mathletes® will attempt to set a new Guinness World Records title to draw attention to the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
The 325 participants from the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition – including 224 middle school Mathletes, 61 coaches and 20 advisors – will attempt to arrange themselves into a giant Pascal’s Triangle.
The Mathletes represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and schools from Department of Defense and State Department — and have advanced through local and state competitions involving 100,000 students. They will just have competed in the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition immediately prior to the record attempt.
An adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS will be in attendance to immediately verify the historic Pascal’s Triangle Record Attempt.
Pascal’s Triangle is a famous triangular formation of numbers described in 1653 by French mathematician Blaise Pascal. Each number inside the triangle is the sum of the two numbers above it. Pascal’s Triangle is known for its collection of patterns that occur frequently in mathematics. MATHCOUNTS explains how Pascal’s Triangle is used in everyday algebra and probability.
These middle school Mathletes from across the country are banding together to promote awareness of the importance of STEM education in the United States. Only 32 percent of American eighth-graders are at or above a proficient level in math, and the gap between the skills available in the current workforce and those needed for many 21st century jobs will only grow if we don’t solve this problem.
Please join us in wishing the Mathletes the best of luck at the competition and in their world record attempt to raise awareness about STEM education!