PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y -- As part of an ongoing effort to promote STEM education in Westchester, the county Youth Bureau will host an international KENKEN math competition from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 at Pace University in Pleasantville, County Executive Rob Astorino announced.
“The fields of science, technology, engineering and math – better known as STEM – are growing in leaps and bounds and Westchester students are at the forefront,” said Astorino. “We have some of the best and brightest young minds, and I have no doubt this tournament will help push their limits. It also showcases our commitment to STEM education and the skills needed for the jobs of the future.”
KENKEN is a challenging pencil-and-paper puzzle that originated in Japan and has attracted millions of enthusiasts. KENKEN puzzles are carried daily in the New York Times and hundreds of other newspapers.
Up to 125 students are expected to participate in the “Westchester Smart: Westchester Loves Math International KENKEN Tournament.” Among the competition will be five finalists from India, who won a trip to compete at Pace during a KENKEN tournament consisting of more than 14,000 students in more than 200 schools across India.
The KENKEN company, which has an office in Pleasantville, has partnered with the Youth Bureau on other local competitions.
“Over 30,000 teachers nationwide have already discovered that KENKEN can help even the most math-averse students,” said Robert Fuhrer, founder of the company. “Not only does KENKEN help develop math and critical thinking skills, but it also instills a sense of self confidence and perseverance.”
“The skills fostered through this competition will help students in their everyday lives, far beyond just math class,” Iris Pagan, executive director of the Westchester Youth Bureau added.
The free tournament is open to students in grades 6-12.
To sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (914) 995-3918. Prizes will be provided by IBM and Acorda Therapeutics.