About the Challenge

About the Challenge

September 20, 2013

By asking students to solve complex, real-world issues with the power of mathematics, Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge
reminds high schoolers that math is more than just formulas and solving for "x." The Internet-based contest, for which
registration and participation are free, gives eleventh and twelfth grade students 14 hours to solve an open-ended, applied mathmodeling
problem focused on a relevant issue. 

Teams are judged based on their solution papers, and top teams are required
to present their findings to a panel of judges. Students competing in past Challenges have addressed everything from the most
favorable regions in America to build high-speed rail lines to the unintended implications of using ethanol as biofuel. The M3
Challenge, which is designed to motivate students to study and pursue careers in applied math, economics, and finance, is
sponsored by The Moody's Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

The next Challenge, which is open to high schools in 46 states, will take place in March 2014 and award $125,000 in scholarship
prizes. Registration opens in November 2013.

Browse the site for additional details, sample problems, and archives
of previous Challenges.

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