San Francisco middle school students ready themselves for battle with math 

Ten San Francisco Unified School District middle school math teams will compete this Saturday in a problem solving competition in hopes of qualifying for the state round.

Star math students at the middle schools -- including A.P. Giannini, Aptos, Everett, Herbert Hoover, Horace Mann, James Denman, Lawton, Presidio, Rooftop and Roosevelt -- have been studying extra math problems during lunch and afterschool to prepare them for the big day.

The competition, known as MathCounts – a national nonprofit organization promoting math with fun battles – encourages students to work in teams and with a competitive spirit to solve problems ranging from geometry to probability.

The annual competition is administered “spelling bee style” where problems are asked and students are given a certain amount of time to answer. A correct answer moves students to the next round.

The teams will compete Saturday at Lawton Alternative School, located on 31st Avenue in the Sunset neighborhood. Winners there would move on to the state competition in March.

Competitions themselves are designed to be completed in three hours total and depending on the round, calculators may or may not be used, according to MathCounts rules.

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