Held on March 2-3, over 1,000 teams comprised of nearly 6,000 eleventh and twelfth-graders from the 29 Eastern United States were asked to come up with a way to quantify the plastic waste filling our nation’s landfills, and to suggest the best recycling methods for U.S. cities to implement, based on modeling relevant variables. They were then to use that model as a basis for recommending nationwide recycling standards.
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Held on March 3-4, close to 1,000 teams comprised of nearly 5,000 eleventh and twelfth-graders from the 29 Eastern United States sharpened their pencils to salvage the Department of Transportationís planned High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program. Teams recommended the best regions for establishing high speed rail lines, projected cost of implementation, & considered effects on foreign-energy dependence.
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Held on March 5-6, nearly 600 teams comprised of over 2,500 students from the 18 states along the East Coast participated in the 2011 Challenge, which required students to use mathematical modeling and analysis to estimate the impact of the twelve-year drought that has affected water resources and power generation in the Southwestern US. The problem called for teams to assess hydrologic implications over the next five years, while factoring in the
region’s economic and political make-up
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Held on March 6-7, over 530 teams comprised of over 2400 students from the 18 states along the East Coast participated in the 2010 Challenge, which required them to use their math know-how to evaluate U.S. Census Bureau figures and methods in order to make recommendations to Congress for undercount adjustment, the best method for apportioning the U.S. House of Representatives, and the fairest way to draw Congressional districts.
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2009 ChallengeHeld on March 7-8, almost 400 student teams from Maine to Washington, D.C. participated in the 2009 Challenge requiring them to evaluate whether the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 would in fact stimulate the economy. The problem called for teams to mathematically assess the elements of the stimulus package that will most likely produce the greatest improvements in employment
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2008 ChallengeOn March 8-9, over 250 teams from lower New Hampshire to Wilmington, Delaware, submitted viable solutions to the 2008 Challenge problem, Energy Independence Meets the Law of Unintended Consequences. Student teams were required to address issues associated with increased corn-derived ethanol production and fuel substitution
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2007 ChallengeHeld on March 3-4, over 150 participating student teams from the New York City metropolitan area submitted solutions to the 2007 Challenge problem, Beat the Street! which required teams to build and test a model for selecting investments. They were asked to maximize net profit from the stock market and in effect, beat Wall Street using applied mathematics and modeling techniques
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The first-ever Challenge was held on March 4-5 and saw close to 150 student teams from the New York
City metropolitan area participate. The problem, Solving the Social Security Stalemate, asked students
to develop a mathematical analysis of the issues, and present one or more approaches that would guarantee
the integrity of the system for at least 75 years
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