graduation_cap.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — Four Broward math students are heading to New York City next month to participate in the Tournament Scholarship Finals Event of the DimensionU “DU the Math” competition.

Competing will be sixth-grade students from Driftwood Middle School: Raquel Gonzalez, Chelsea Medina, Andre Gomez and Sabrina Furio.

The students will be flown to New York to compete against qualifiers from across the country for a chance to win the top award of a $25,000 scholarship or one of the three $5,000 scholarships for runners-up.

The students qualified to compete by

accumulating a high number of minutes in the DimensionU “DU the Math” Scholarship/

Celebrity Tournament, an online video game competition that tests the math skills of students.

In addition, three Broward schools were in the top 10 for the most math minutes: Silver Lakes Middle School, ­third place; Driftwood Middle School, fifth place; and Parkway Middle School, 10th place.

The “DU the Math” program is a nationwide online program designed to have students play 50 million minutes of math-based video games in an effort to strengthen the nation’s push for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. 

“Since rolling out our games in 2007, the DimensionU learning motivation system has exploded into this phenomenal learning tool that has served just under one million students in schools across the country, “ said Ntiedo Etuk, CEO and founder of DimensionU.

The finals will be held June 16 in New York City.  In addition to the tournament, the students will enjoy a music festival featuring national musical celebrities Grayson Chase and Mindless Behavior.

For more information about “DU the Math” visit