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America's brightest middle school Mathletes® attempt to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title May 10

Hundreds of Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition students, coaches and advisors – including the Human Calculator® – to arrange themselves into a giant Pascal's Triangle


GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Record Attempt: "Fastest time to construct/arrange the first 25 rows of Pascal's Triangle (human formation)," to be completed in the nation's capital — drawing attention to the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. An adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS will be in attendance to immediately verify the historic Pascal's Triangle Record Attempt.

Pascal's Triangle: A famous triangular formation of numbers described in 1653 by French mathematician Blaise Pascal. Each number inside the triangle is the sum of the two numbers above it. Pascal's Triangle is known for its collection of patterns that occur frequently in mathematics. MATHCOUNTS explains how Pascal's Triangle is used in everyday algebra and probability


325 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition participants: 244 middle school Mathletes® and other MATHCOUNTS students; 61 coaches; and 20 advisors — one of whom holds multiple GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS titles, earning him recognition as the Fastest Human Calculator. The Mathletes represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and schools from Department of Defense and State Department — and have advanced through local and state competitions involving 100,000 students. They will just have competed in the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition immediately prior to the record attempt.


May 10, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. EDT, following the live-broadcast "Countdown Round" finale to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition.


Washington Marriott Wardman Park – Ballroom (Salon 1 & 2)

2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008


Middle school Mathletes from across the country are banding together to promote awareness of the importance of STEM education in the United States. Only 32 percent of American eighth-graders are at or above a proficient level in math, and the gap between the skills available in the current workforce and those needed for many 21st century jobs will only grow if we don't solve this problem. 


Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator

Mike Janela, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator

Lou DiGioia, executive director of MATHCOUNTS


Hundreds of middle school math competitors from across the country, along with their coaches and advisors, will open individually sealed numbers and arrange themselves in order of the first 25 rows of a giant Pascal's Triangle. They will be wearing identical red shirts and will hold boldly-printed numbers above their heads, forming the Triangle from an overhead view. A balcony in the ballroom will provide media with a perfect vantage point for overhead viewing. Time to beat: 10 minutes.


For more information, please contact Scott Montminy at or 781.966.4100.


Allison Jeannotte at or 617.620.0839.

MATHCOUNTS® is a non-profit national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory, and is one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students in America. MATHCOUNTS offers teachers, kids and parents free materials to encourage math enrichment and prepare students for a high-tech future that will require mathematics-related skills to achieve success. Materials and information are available at

About MathMovesU
Raytheon's MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!™; Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.

About Raytheon
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/PRNewswire - May 7, 2013/

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