M3 Challenge

Become the next title sponsor! 

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is seeking an exceptional partner, eager to contribute to the winning formula of the nation’s most prestigious national math modeling competition to ensure its continued and future success.

The only math competition of its kind, the Math Modeling Challenge, a SIAM program since 2006, needs a new title sponsor. The Moody’s Foundation has just announced that it has ended its 12-year sponsorship of the competition, previously known as the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. The new sponsor will assume title sponsorship starting in October 2017.

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 awards $100,000 in scholarships in 2088.

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 2017 Problem

From Sea to Shining Sea: Looking Ahead with the National Park Service

Students used mathematical models to look into national parks and address climate-related issues.

*the NPS seal is used with permission

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.