MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge

What is M3 Challenge?

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge is a contest for high school juniors and seniors in the U.S. and sixth form students in England and Wales. 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. Extra credits awards are available for teams who choose to write or employ outstanding code as part of their solution. The Challenge awards $100,000.

About M3 Challenge  

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

Who is Eligible?

High school juniors and seniors in the U.S. and sixth form students (age 16-19) in England and Wales may form and enter up to two teams of three to five students and one teacher-coach each per school. Homeschool and cyberschool students in those areas are also eligible.

The 2020 Problem


The problem asked teams to create a model to predict what percentage of semi-trucks will be electric in the next few years and decades, determine the number and locations of charging stations along major U.S. trucking routes that are needed for an all-electric trucking industry, and to prioritize which routes should be developed with electric charging infrastructure first. 
Photo credit: North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)

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.