Students grabbed their pencils and calculators Thursday morning to take on an intense math competition.
It’s part of the MATHCOUNTS national program, which allows middle school students to compete against one another in the subject.
Nine Onslow County Schools participated in three rounds: sprint, target, and team.
The challenges are to not use a calculator, finish in a timely manner and work with each other.
The goal is for students to build problem solving skills and develop a love for math.
Khang Pham, a participant in the competition, explained why he enjoyed it.
“There’s, of course, one solution but many ways to attack it,” he said. “In ELA (English Language & Arts), there’s multiple perspectives but math, there’s a lot of problem-solving involved.
Karalyn Crawford, a math teacher at Northwoods Park Middle School, said “Math, often as a whole, is difficult to many people. There’s often something in math they can latch on to like geometry, or maybe figuring out algebra.”
Four people from each team in Thursday’s competition will move onto regionals. It is set to take place in Wilmington in March.