Ranked as number one in Trumbull County and 40th throughout the state of Ohio, 355 students at H.C. Mines Intermediate School have solved more than 1.3 million math problems through the First In Math Online Program.
The program, created by Suntex International, made the announcement during an award ceremony May 13.
"We're very proud of the progress our students have made this year in math," said Mines principal Karen Coleman. "First in Math has played an instrumental role in challenging our students to practice and improve their math skills. Our 355 students district-wide will carry these skills with them to high school, college and beyond."
Students at H.C. Mines were recognized for solving 1.3 million math problems in the First in Math online program. Pictured front row, from left, are Mishal Peer, Chazz Jaskiewicz, Thomas Awaida, Nicholas Perialis and Emanuel Fakkas. Back row from left are Heidi Mock, Senior Director at Time-Warner Cable; Karen Coleman, Principal of H. C. Mines school; and Mike Hughes, First in Math Account Manager.
The First in Math Online Program is a self-paced, web-based mathematics practice program that helps students master math skills by using game-style activities that provide immediate feedback. Students were encouraged to practice their math skills during their free time at school and at home throughout the school year. The program is designed as a supplement to the math curriculum.
The program encouraged students to compete against their classmates as well as students in other elementary and middle schools in Howland as well as throughout Ohio and the country.
According to representatives from the First in Math program, the method of teaching includes what they call "deep practice" and immediate feedback. This method of teaching helps students grasp and understand difficult concepts by breaking them down into manageable segments and providing instant feedback to help them make adjustments to their technique to improve their skills.
The game-style format engages students so they willingly spend many more hours a week practicing math.
"We've seen a total transformation in Trumbull County and within schools in Ohio, not only with dramatic improvement in math proficiency, but also in the overall confidence and desire to achieve in other areas of life," said Bob Sun, chairman, president and CEO of Suntex International, and creator of the First in Math program.
The program is sold to private and public schools and school districts on a per-student annual subscription basis. Suntex is a private company headquartered in Easton, PA. For more information, visit www.firstinmath.com.