MATHCOUNTS is a national 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that uses a mathematics based competition to interest middle school students in engineering and science. MATHCOUNTS was started in Illinois over 30 years ago with the goal of providing enriching extracurricular opportunities to students and free, high-quality resources to educators.

The Illinois State competition is sponsored by the IEI and administered by ISPE staff and volunteers. ISPE chapters hold regional competitions during the month of February and the best teams advance to the state competition in March. Winners of the state competition then advance to the National Championships which occur in May.

For more information about MATHCOUNTS – or if you’re interested in participating – visit the links below.

2022 State Winners

Congratulations to our Illinois State Winners! They will move on to compete in this year’s National Competition in May, along with Coach Katie Fender from Daniel Wright Junior High School.


First Place

Victor Chen, University Of Chicago Laboratory School


Second Place

Christopher Sakaliyski, Edison Regional Gifted Center


Third Place

Dou Lai, Whitney Young Academic Center School


Fourth Place

Jonathan He, Daniel Wright Junior High School


2022 Schedule

February 17: Virtual Chapter Competitions
March 5: Illinois State Competition in Skokie, IL*
May 7 – 10: National Competition in Washington, DC

*If you are interested in sponsoring the state competition, please contact us at info@ilengineeringinitiative.org.