Upcoming Regional Competitions

For more than 40 years, the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation has directed MATHCOUNTS Oklahoma. MATHCOUNTS is a national math coaching and competition program designed to enhance achievement and increase enthusiasm in middle school mathematics. The premier program fosters the highly advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills that today’s students will need to become tomorrow’s innovators and leaders and to help keep Oklahoma competitive in the technology-driven economy.

There will be three regional competitions in 2024, ahead of the state competition on March 2.

Central OK Region

January 27, 2024

The Central Oklahoma Region serves Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Edmond as well as all of Canadian, Cleveland, Garvin, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Murray, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Payne, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.

For more information contact Jo Oherlein at joehrlein@gmail.com.

LOCATION

University of Central Oklahoma, Nigh University Center, 100 N University Dr, Edmond, OK 73034

Lunch will be sered in the Howell Center.

Tulsa/East Central OK

February 3, 2024

The East Central Region serves the Tulsa area as well as all of Creek, Okmulgee, Pawnee, Okmulgee, Osage, Tulsa and Wagoner Counties

For more information contact Gaylon Pinc, PE, Program Management Group, Tulsa,  ggpinc@pmgtulsa.com.

LOCATION
Allen Chapman Student Union Building
3135 E 5th Pl, Tulsa, OK 74104

Southwest Region

February 17, 2024

The Southwest Oklahoma region serves the Lawton/Duncan area as well as Beckham, Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Greer, Grady, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Love, Tillman and Washita Counties.

For details, contact Diana Bittle, Co-Chair, MATHCOUNTS Oklahoma / CIO, American Fidelity, dsbittle@gmail.com.

LOCATION

Cameron University
2800 W Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73505

 2024 State Competition

 

2024 State Competition is March 2, Oklahoma City University. Check back for more details soon!

Team Consultants

OEF is proud of our outstanding MATHCOUNTS Oklahoma national consultant Dr. Harold Brooks, Senior Scientist, Forecast Research and Development Division, National Severe Storms Laboratory, and Ms. Melissa Hunt, Math Teacher, Whittier Middle School, Norman, Oklahoma. Thank you, Dr. Brooks and Ms. Hunt for serving Oklahoma’s middle school mathletes!

Proctors Needed

Volunteers are needed to help proctor and grade exams at our five regional competitions and the big state competition. Signups will be made available as we kick off MATHCOUNTS season in January 2024. 

Mock Competitions

So far, three mock competitions are planned for the 2023-24 Oklahoma MATHCOUNTS season. They include:

American Fidelity Mock Competition
November 10, 2023
Coordinated by Diana Bittle

St Pius X Mock Competition – TBD

Coaches Needed

MATHCOUNTS Oklahoma coaches can be either teachers, math enthusiasts, or parents.  Knowledge of mathematics is helpful, but not required.  Resources are available to help coaches with mathematics understanding at any level.  All you need is a willingness to help. Coaching workshops are offered annually in the fall in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Resources

There are a variety of excellent resources on the National MATHCOUNTS website. Find everything from the MATHCOUTNS handbook, the problem of the week, information about past competitions, an online problem database and much more.

Donate to MATHCOUNTS

The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation was established in 1978. We are engineers, educators and industry and community partners committed to furthering STEM education in Oklahoma. We want to increase the number of engineering professionals living and working in the state. You can help us fulfill our mission when you make a tax deductible donation to our organization.

National MATHCOUNTS

The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States. The nationwide non-profit organization strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome.

MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success. 

Meet Gaylon Pinc, PE, MATHCOUNTS Co-Chair

Gaylon Pinc, P.E., is the owner and senior environmental manager of Tulsa-based Oklahoma Program Management Group, which has provided management services for capital improvement projects totaling over $1.2 billion. Gaylon is responsible for environmental projects, including the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan implementation.  He has served as the MATHCOUNTS Oklahoma chair or co-chair for more than 30 years! 

2023 State Competition

In 2023, more than 250 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from around Oklahoma participated in the 40th  Annual Oklahoma State MATHCOUNTS competition in March. Four of these mathletes earned the chance to advance to the 2023 Raytheon National MATHCOUNTS in Orlando, Florida

The team of four students included Henry Zheng, Akshaj Dalavayi, Ethan Cai and Hudson Fong.
They are coached by Dr. Harold Brooks, Senior Scientist, Forecast Research and Development Division
National Severe Storms Laboratory, and Ms. Barbara Nykol, Math Teacher, Casady School, Oklahoma City. 

Meet Diana Bittle, MATHCOUNTS Co-Chair

An Asian American, born in Adana, Turkey, I serve as the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for American Fidelity. Altogether, I have been in technology at American Fidelity for 22 years and absolutely love my job and company. I spent most of my time at AFA in software development and spent a few years with IT infrastructure, IT operations, and IT security. 

While working at American Fidelity, I completed my undergraduate degree in Mathematics (the true love of my life) with an emphasis on Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma (Go Bronchos!) and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!). Additionally, I have earned 40 industry and technology certifications, because I find myself easily bored when not studying something. 

I currently serve on the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation. As a part of the OEF, I am the state co-chair for the Oklahoma MATHCOUNTS program, which is a middle school math competition program (shameless plug!). Additionally, I serve on the Advisory Board for Oklahoma Women in Technology, serve on a number of University Computer Science and MIS advisory boards, and my family founded the Bittle Family Scholarship for women pursing Math or Technology degrees at Oklahoma universities. I love working in the community and have served on the Board of Directors for Free to Live, served as assistant den leader for my son’s Boy Scout den, served as the IT Sector Chief for the Oklahoma Infragard FBI program, and have volunteered for many non-profit organizations through Leadership OKC Class 35 (BCE) and membership in Beta Sigma Phi sorority. I currently am a volunteer photographer for the Oklahoma Make-a-Wish Foundation and Oklahoma City Ballet. 

My main hobbies are photography, silversmithing, and scrapbooking, but I never met a craft I didn’t like. I am married to my high-school sweetheart, Steven – IT professional by day/musician by night, and have a a son who loves wrestling, volleyball, and track. So, my other hobbies include attending metal concerts, track meets, and wrestling matches.

Give to MATHCOUNTS Oklahoma

When you support MATHCOUNTS, you’re supporting your friends and neighbors, as well as preparing the next generation of problem solvers—the doctors, engineers, teachers and creative thinkers—who will one day lead the United States of America. 

MATHCOUNTS builds the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for success. In an independent study, 87 percent of MATHCOUNTS students said their confidence in their STEM abilities improved after participating in the Competition Series.

MATHCOUNTS alumni are also more likely to continue with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with 3 out of every 4 alumni studying a STEM field in college—nearly three times the national average.