February 10, 2011
by Alexandra Nikolchev
In November, Need to Know attended the only national all-girls high school competition for math. The 2010 Math Prize for Girls (sponsored by the Advantage Testing Foundation) was held at New York University in New York City; this year's competition will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. The annual contest aims to call attention to what organizers call the "staggering" gender gap that exists in competitive levels of mathematics. "Let [the girls] have their own day," says contest director, Ravi Boppana. His goal is to see an equal number of girls and boys excited about mathematics.