Mountain Pointe High School’s Mu Alpha Theta math club recently placed fifth in this year’s Technology Student Association national competition.
Eight Mu Alpha Theta students competed during the weekend competition, which took place June 28 in Washington, D.C., in three different components: oral, essay and a problem-solving competition.
The team cracked the top 10 in scores for all three sets.
Mu Alpha Theta ranked first in the nation in the problem-solving scenario, where the eight members had to build a weight-bearing structure out of paper that could support a 2-liter bottle of water.
During the problem-solving competition, which took an hour, the team members also had to answer 16 multiple-choice question and complete an essay on how they built their structure.
“This one was supposed to be an on-site-only competition with almost zero preparation, so we were definitely nervous about it,” said Alex Stoken, club president.
After the problem-solving portion, Mu Alpha Theta competed in the oral contest about transportation infrastructure, and they ran into to a bit of technical difficulty uploading their presentation.
Each team was given a two-minute time limit to set up its presentation; Mu Alpha Theta took three minutes to set up and a 10-point penalty was subtracted to its overall score.
Despite the deduction, Mu Alpha Theta placed 10th in oral presentation.
The team placed third in the essay competition, which was completed prior to the trip to nationals.
ViAnn Pham said it was an awesome experience to be able to place so high in all three sets of the competition.
The Mu Alpha Theta members already have their sights on next year’s state and national competitions where they hope continue their success.