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W.A. Porter Elementary Pictured: Jenna Hurst, Paul Roswell, Emily Bailey, and Vincent Pham,

This week,  WA Porter Elementary students Jenna Hurst, Paul Roswell, Emily Bailey, and Vincent Pham, and Harrison Lane Elementary students Daylin Jordan, Dorothy Foster, Caleb Gribble, and Haylee Sawyer competed in the regional championship round of the 2nd annual Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Competition.

The W.A. Porter Elementary and Harrsion Lane Elementary teams competed against 15 other student teams. Richardson Classical Academy, Spicer Elementary, Bedford Heights Elementary, River Trails Elementary and Binion Elementary won the competition to advance to the Championship Round December 2 at the Explore Horizons Tutoring and Enrichment Center in Colleyville.

Explore Horizons wants to challenge students to continue to learn outside of the classroom by applying valuable problem solving skills not taught within the traditional school curriculum and applying them to unique “real world” situations. Utilizing these key skills gives children and schools an opportunity to stretch talented young mathematicians beyond the classroom to prepare them for futures in math, science, engineering and more.

“We wanted to show children how fun, applicable, collaborative and interesting math can be,” said Belinda Southgate, Head of U.S. Marketing and Sales for Explore Horizons. “We love helping gifted and talented young students learn vital problem solving skills to use in high school, college and even future careers in STEM fields.”

A total of 18 schools representing six area school districts and two charter schools competed in the math competitions held throughout North Texas.

Explore Horizons Tutoring and Enrichment Centers provide math, reading and writing, enrichment and tutoring for children in Pre-K through eighth grade.