Mundelein math contest to expand to other subjects
An annual math contest in Mundelein will broaden its focus this spring to include science, technology and engineering.
Launched in 2014, the Mayor's Cup Math Challenge is for students in local elementary, middle and high schools. Winners receive scholarships of varying sizes, with the prize money coming from local businesses.
This year's contest will expand to include the other subjects that are part of the "STEM" acronym.
"Students can choose to participate in either an individual math contest or a team STEM challenge," said Mayor Steve Lentz, who developed the contest to bring attention to science, technology, engineering and math education. "Both events will have cash awards, trophies and medals."
The contest is changing to encourage more participation, Lentz said. He expects the team element will make the contest a bit more fun while keeping it challenging.
STEM has been a growing focus at schools in Mundelein and across the suburbs.
In 2016, a $23.7 million wing dedicated to STEM education was added to the Mundelein High campus.
Additionally, Mundelein Elementary District 75 has an innovation laboratory and a charitable foundation dedicated to science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs.
Mundelein's contest is open to students who attend classes in District 75, Diamond Lake Elementary District 76, Fremont Elementary District 79 or Mundelein High School District 120, as well as those who attend Carmel Catholic High School.
Students who live within Mundelein High School's boundaries but attend elementary, middle or high schools not in the list above can participate, too.
This year's contest will be held in March, but the date hasn't been finalized. Students can sign up with their math teachers.
More than 800 students have participated in the challenge since its inception, Lentz said, and more than $58,500 in scholarships have been awarded.
If you're a business owner who's interested in contributing to the scholarship fund, call (847) 949-3225.