The IIT Math Club will host their first annual High School Mathematics Competition at the IIT main campus on Saturday, March 17. Eight teams of students from local high schools will take individual exams in the morning, followed by a team competition in the afternoon. Teams from Kennedy High School, Morgan Park High School, Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences, Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, Morgan Park High School, King College Prep High School, Benito Juarez High School, and IIT/Perspectives Academy will participate in the competition.
The High School Mathematics Competition was conceived and planned by four fall 2011 Presidential Scholars–Luis Larco, Carlos Sosa, Ian Sequeira, and Nicolas Crivelli–who matriculated from Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. Larco and Crivellie organized a successful competition at Miami Dade as students, and are hoping to replicate that success at IIT.
“We are thrilled to be hosting Chicago-area high school students at IIT for this mathematical experience,” said Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics Robert Ellis. “Luis Larco’s dedicated leadership and the hard work from his team and many undergraduate volunteers are making Saturday’s event possible. We hope when Chicago-area students consider getting a degree in the mathematical sciences, they think IIT.”
The IIT Math Club and Department of Applied Mathematics hope to continue and grow the competition each year.