MathCounts is NSPE's national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. Since its inception in 1983, Vermont's MathCounts program focuses on middle school students in their formative years to encourage them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). All students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are eligible to participate in MathCounts. MathCounts provides three programs to schools -- Competition Series, Math Clubs, and a Video Challenge contest. Through these programs, Vermont MathCounts reaches approximately 500 middle school students throughout the state.