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June 4, 2004

UI Co-Hosts North American Mathematics Competition June 4-5

The University of Iowa will host the 29th annual American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) competition, which brings to campus some of the country's brightest young mathematicians, Friday and Saturday June 4 and 5.

The ARML competition is held simultaneously at three college campuses, all of which are connected via satellite during the event. In addition to the UI campus, Penn State and San Jose State universities are hosting the competition.

Most of the UI portion of the competition will take place Saturday in the Iowa Memorial Union and will bring to the campus 21 teams made up of 400 students and 74 coaches and chaperones who will represent the following states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin. Other states will be represented at the other two campuses.

The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, which is part of the UI College of Education, has sponsored the event at the UI since 1991.

"ARML is one of the most energizing student experiences," Belin-Blank Center Associate Director Susan Assouline, Ph.D., said. "Students from all over the United States demonstrate their mathematical power in a variety of formats. They love meeting peers and sharing their experiences and we welcome them to the UI campus."

ARML teams are made up of 15 high school students who challenge one another in abstract problem solving. Each team also brings two alternates, who sometimes form additional teams. The math involved is at or beyond the college calculus level.

The competition involves four rounds. In the Team Round, members work together to attempt to correctly answer 10 questions in 20 minutes. Points are given for each correct answer. The Power Question Round requires teams to work a multi-part problem that focuses on some mathematical idea. Teams have one hour to work the examples and provide proofs.

In the Individual Round, participants have 10 minutes to individually work on eight problems. In the Relay Round, teams break up into three-person sub-teams, and each member is responsible for a component of a multi-part question. Each team ends with a single answer.

The Belin-Blank Center, established in 1988, specializes in programming and research to meet the educational needs of exceptionally talented children and their teachers. The center conducts an extensive roster of talent searches, precollege programs, teacher training workshops and counseling programs.

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