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SEI Mathcounts receives grant

Southeast Idaho Society of Professional Engineers received a $5,000 grant from the Bayer Fund on Wednesday.

The money will be used to host the 37th Annual Southeast MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition.

MATHCOUNTS is a nonprofit, middle-school mathematics enrichment program focused on encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving skills in middle school children.

“MATHCOUNTS is a one of a kind program that recognizes students who excel at math,” said coordinator Krystal Chanda. “The Southeast Idaho Chapter is the largest chapter in the state. It is our goal to engage as many eligible schools from the region as possible, and especially to increase participation from smaller schools in outlying communities, as it is well-known that many of these schools have a strong need, but limited resources, for increased STEM education opportunities.”

Southeast Idaho MATHCOUNTS Chapter previously received a Bayer Fund grant in 2016. Participation that year increased by five schools located in outlying communities.

“Bayer has a longstanding commitment to the support of STEM related education,” said Roger Gibson, Site Manager at Soda Springs Bayer. “I support the MATHCOUNTS program in particular because I believe that it nurtures an interest in math at a critical time in a student’s life and can set them on a pathway to a fulfilling career.”

In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $1.4 million through this program to nonprofit organizations in rural communities to help address essential needs in Food & Nutrition, STEM Education and Community Development.

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