Sample questions and online registration information can now be accessed through Beehive Science & Technology Academy’s website athttp://www.beehiveacademy.org/
The contest requires students to take a written test of 15 questions within 30 minutes. Students are not allowed to use calculators. Participation is free, and prizes will be given to the top students and their teachers. Student prizes include an IPAD Mini, Kindle Fire HD 8 and a Kindle Fire 7. Teacher prizes include gift certificates in $150, $100 and $50 amounts.
According to Halis Kablan, the MathMatters coordinator and an assistant principal at Beehive Science & Technology Academy, “The primary goals of the contest are to stimulate interest and achievement in mathematics among elementary school students, and to provide recognition of outstanding young mathematicians, their dedicated teachers and their schools.”
Kablan noted that while there are a few math competitions for high school students, the MathMatters Contest is one of the only ones in Utah for elementary school students. He added that last year, contest officials actually had to turn students away from the competition because there was so much interest in the event.
A question from a previous year’s test reads, “Tara bought some pencils spending $2.59 in total. Each pencil cost the same price and the number of pencils Tara bought was less than the price of each pencil in cents. How many pencils did Tara buy?”
About Beehive Science &Technology Academy
Beehive Science & Technology Academy is a tuition-free charter school located at 830 E. 9400 S. in Sandy, Utah. Beehive offers classes for grades six through 12. As of August 2017, total enrollment was 315 students.
Beehive was recently named Charter School of the Year 2016 by the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. It has also received Platinum STEM School Designation (the highest designation possible) by the Utah State Board of Education and the STEM Action Center for the 2015-2016 school year.
In 2015, Beehive was included in Newsweek America’s Top High Schools list. In Newsweek America’s category of “Beating the odds—top schools for low-income students,” Beehive was listed as number 57 in the entire United States. (In 2014, it was recognized as number 231.)
The school originally opened in 2005. To learn more, visit www.beehiveacademy.org