Region V Title 1 Conference Presentation


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Region V Title 1 Conference Presentation

  1. 1. by Maria de Jesus Dixon Parent Coordinator of HUS Spelling BeeRegion V Title 1 Conference - Milwaukee, WI March 9, 2012 – Walker Room
  2. 2. What we will cover todayThe Scripps Spelling BeeThe Geography BeeMathCountsThe National Middle School Science BowlFunding IdeasQuestions
  3. 3. The Scripps Spelling BeeURL –Purpose – To help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.Cost - $109 per school & then $85 for the Regional Bee
  4. 4. The Geography Bee• URL -• Purpose - The National Geographic Bee, an educational program of the National Geographic Society, is a nationwide geography competition for U.S. schools with any grades four through eight, designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography.• Cost - $90 per school; $110 after October 15th and there is a donation page on the website.
  5. 5. MathCounts• URL –• Purpose – The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.• Cost - $90 per team, $25 per individual OR Title 1 Cost - $40 per team, $10 per individual
  6. 6. MathCounts – cont’dIn the Sprint Round, contestants solve a written exam consisting of 30 problems with a time limit of 40 minutes. There are no penalties for incorrect answers.Calculators are not permitted, and contestants work individually.Questions in the Sprint Round are usually the easiest problems in the written individual contests because the Sprint Round tests contestants ability to solve problems within a tight time constraints. The problems get harder from the first question to the last.Sprint round questions are worth one point each. A good score ranges between 20 and 30.
  7. 7. MathCounts – cont’dThe Target Round contains four, two-problem mini-exams, for which six minutes are allowed per pair.Calculators may be used during this round.The problems in the Target Round are usually more difficult than most of the problems in the Sprint Round. In the pairs, one question tends to be a "confidence booster" and another a challenging problem.Each problem is worth two points.The mini-exams tend to get harder as the round progresses, with the first mini-exam having the easier problems and the last mini-exam having the hardest problems.A good score ranges between 12 and 16.Calculators are permitted, and contestants work individually.
  8. 8. MathCounts – cont’d The Team Round is a ten question exam for which twenty minutes are allotted. Calculators are allowed, and up to four teammates take the examination as a group. In this round, contestants are allowed to discuss the problems within the team. These problems are typically more difficult than the individual round problems, so that it would be difficult for a single contestant to solve all of them alone within the available time. Each question is worth 2 points for the team score, and are added to the average of the four individual scores in order to determine the winning team. A good score ranges between 6 and 10.
  9. 9. MathCounts – cont’dTwo contestants compete face to face in the countdown round.A problem is posted on a projector, and the two contestants race to finish the problem (with pencil and paper).Upon finishing the problem, a contestant is expected to press his/her buzzer.The first person to buzz in with the correct answer gains a point.
  10. 10. The National Science Bowl• URL -• Purpose – The National Science Bowl is designed to get young students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). It is made to do this in a fun way and designed in a fashion similar to that of a sporting competition. The Science Bowl gets students excited about STEM and interested in learning more about the fields.• Cost – ?
  11. 11. Funding IdeasSchool’s PTA/PTO/PSO/PSALocal Business SponsorshipLocal Newspaper SponsorshipColleges and UniversitiesBooster ClubsCompetition led fundraiserOthers ???
  12. 12. Fun Facts – Scripps Spelling BeeOhio – 1927, 1933, 1935, 1948, 1949, 1964 & 2010Indiana – 1928, 2004, 2008Illinois – 1931, 1985Florida – 1996, 1999Michigan – 1941Wisconsin – 1991Minnesota - 2001
  13. 13. Fun Facts – Geography BeeMichigan – 1993, 1995, 1998, 2002Minnesota - 2005Illinois – 2006Florida - 2010
  14. 14. Fun Facts - MathCountsIllinois – 1988, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004Wisconsin – 1997, 1999Florida – 1986Ohio – 1992Indiana - 2010
  15. 15. Fun Facts – National Middle SchoolScience Bowl2003 – Florida: Solar Car Competition2004 – Florida: Academic Competition2005, 2006, 2007 – Indiana: Academic competition2006 – Illinois: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competition
  16. 16. Geography Bee Sample QuestionsWhich state has a climate suitable for growing citrus fruits—California or Maine?Which country has the worlds largest Muslim population—Indonesia or Mexico?The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of which continent?
  17. 17. Geography Bee Sample QuestionsWhat is the term for a part of an ocean or sea that cuts far into the bordering landmass and may contain one or more bays?Which Canadian province produces more than half of the countrys manufactured goods?To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of Persia, you would have to travel to what present-day country?
  18. 18. MathCounts Sample Question A Sprint copier can copy 2400 pages in 60 minutes. At this rate, how many minutes will it take for a Sprint copier to copy 120 pages?
  19. 19. Science Bowl Sample Questions TOSS-UP PHYSICAL SCIENCE (Short Answer) What physical state of matter is intermediate between a solid and gas? ANSWER: BONUS PHYSICAL SCIENCE (Multiple Choice) Which of the following BEST describes the term static: W) stationary X) low Y) constant Z) used ANSWER:
  20. 20. Contact InformationEmail is the best way to reach me – or find me on LinkedIn at: