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Eastern Michigan University's 'Math Facts Challenge' Draws Over 400 Students

400 students from a dozen schools came to Eastern Michigan University's campus last Thursday for the second annual "Math facts challenge"  sponsored by the EMU Charter schools office.  

"It's a wonderful activity," said Malverne Winborne, the director of charter schools for Eastern. "The parents were there as well, we had lots of volunteers. Some of the parents were volunteering, some were spectators, and they were cheering. There's camaraderie, there's sports-personship."   
Winborne said the challenge is like a spelling bee, but only with math problems. The goal of the event was to inspire elementary and middle school students to get excited about math.
Competing schools included:

  •  Academy for Business and Technology – Elementary School, Dearborn
  • Academy for Business and Technology – Secondary School, Melvindale
  • Ann Arbor Learning Community 
  • Bradford Academy, Southfield
  • Commonwealth Academy, Detroit
  • Global Tech Academy, Ypsilanti
  • Grand Blanc Academy
  • Great Lakes Academy, Pontiac
  • Hope Academy, Detroit
  • PACE Academy, Southfield
  • The Boggs Schools, Detroit
  • Voyageur Academy, Detroit

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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