MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge

Sponsor found! 

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is proud to organize the nation’s most prestigious national math modeling competition. Its new sponsor ensures its continued and future success.

The only math competition of its kind and a SIAM program since 2006 has a new title: Mathworks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge. This contest was previously known as Moody’s Mega Math Challenge.

What is the M3 Challenge?

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge is a contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation, students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry. The Challenge awards $100,000 in scholarships in 2018.

The Challenge is entirely Internet-based with no registration or participation fees.

Who is Eligible?

11th and 12th graders from anywhere in the United States, including territories and DoDEA schools, may participate. Homeschool and cyberschool students in those areas are also eligible. Teams must be comprised of three to five students and one teacher-coach and a maximum of two teams per high school may register.

The 2018 Problem


This problem asked participants to quantify the costs and benefits of repurposing squandered food, and to recommend strategies for communities to adopt.

Want to See More Problems?

Study former Challenge problems, winning solutions, practice problems and judging perspectives from 2006 to the present.


To get a glimpse of what it’s like to participate in this competition, explore our collection of archived Challenges, winning solutions, photos, videos, press releases, flyers, and more.