GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Some Western Slope middle schoolers are taking math beyond homework and tests.
About 120 students competed as teams and individuals from 15 area schools at a MATHCOUNTS competition Saturday.
They were tested on their algebra, probability, statistics and geometry skills for the 31st annual MATHCOUNTS competition in the area.
"We have a lot of sports competitions and this is really a chance for somebody that's interested in math to get to excel and compete against other students," said Mike Curtis, who runs the MATHCOUNTS Western Slope Central chapter.
The Delta Middle School and East Middle School teams qualified for the MATHCOUNTS Colorado competition in March for a chance to go to a national competition in Orlando, FL in May.
14 individual competitors from all over the Western Slope also scored high enough to attend the state competition.
The program's goal is to solidify students' math skills early to prepare them for future careers.
"To compete in a world market nowadays, we need students that are good at math for science, engineering, medical professions," Curtis said.