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Middle School Competitions

First Lego League- FLL Robotics   
Each middle school sponsors a team to participate in challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks.  FLL teams, guided by their imaginations, mentors and coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
      Students get to:
  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Quest



Math is Cool



MathCOUNTS  
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.  The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools.

The competition consists of up to 4 different rounds: 

  • The Sprint Round (40 minutes) consists of 30 problems
  • The Target Rund (approx 30 minutes) consists of 8 problems presented in four pairs (6 min/pair)
  • The Team Round (20 minutes) consists of 10 problems that team members work together to solve
  •  The Countdown Round is a fast-paced, oral competition for top-scoring individuals (based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds)
Competition Dates:

School/Chapter Competitions:  February 15, 2013 at The Citadel

State Competitions:  March 2, 2013 at The University of South Carolina

National Competition:  May 10, 2013 in Washington, DC
Spelling Bee 

The purpose of the Spelling Bee
is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.  During the fall and winter, schools will conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom, grade, and/or school level, and send their spelling champions to the district level competition.District winners will represent Dorchester District Two in the Lowcounty competion.  Those winners wil then compete at the state level which leads to the National Competition in Washington, DC during Bee Week 2013,  May 26–June 1, 2013. Geography Bee   
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

2013 National Geographic Bee Dates:
  • School Bees: November 12, 2012–January 15, 2013
  • State Bees: April 5, 2013
  • National Level: May 20–22, 2013