M3 Challenge

What is the M3 Challenge?

Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling 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 is sponsored by The Moody's Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and awards $150,000 in scholarships each year. The M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, and as a viable and exciting profession.

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 2016 Problem

Share and (Car) Share Alike: Modeling New Approaches to Mobility

Students used mathematical models to categorize car usage habits of U.S. drivers and evaluate car-sharing business strategies to suggest an option that would garner the most participation in a given city. Teams were also asked to consider emerging technologies, like self-driving cars and alternative energy.

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.