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Annual Middle School Problem Solving Competition Set for May 18

Fort Worth ISD’s 11th annual Middle School Problem Solving Competition is challenging students to find solutions to puzzles and word problems using math. 

Middle school teams from across the District will meet at O.D. Wyatt High School, 2400 E. Seminary Drive, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 to compete in five mathematics games that apply math to unique situations. An estimated 150 students are expected to participate. 

Teams will vie for first, second and third place awards in individual math events and overall divisions. The competition will consist of two divisions – Division 1 (sixth grade) and Division 2 (seventh and eighth grade).

Competing teams will earn points for how they perform in the following math games:

  • Tangrams- The puzzle urges players to create a specific shape using seven flat pieces known as tans
  • 24- Using four integers, players use addition, subtraction, multiplication or division to conclude the problem at the number 24
  • Can’t Stop: The board game uses dice to reach the top of three columns
  • Problem Solving: The objective is to answer a word problem using math
  • Cross Math: Akin to a crossword puzzle, players utilize the digits 1-9 to solve mathematical problems 

Organizers say the competition is designed to build student confidence and success using math concepts learned throughout the year in class and daily occurrences while also igniting a passion for learning. 

For more details on the Middle School Problem Solving Competition, contact your child’s math teacher or Lowanna Jones, a secondary core curriculum and innovation coordinator, at 817-814-2548 or via email at

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