Essential Reminders for M3 Challenge Weekend

Essential Reminders for M3 Challenge Weekend

February 22, 2017
Coaches and students,
This annoucement contains important information, and was sent to all participants via email on 2/22/17.

Please double-check the following items to ensure that everyone on your team is prepared to compete in Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge this weekend. 
  1. Login credentials
    Your team ID # and password were sent to you at the time of registration. You will need this information to log in and access the problem. If you have forgotten or misplaced your ID # or password, which was sent to the coach and all student team members, please recover your password immediately, and if unsuccessful, email right away.
  2. Flexible work time
    Teams may download the problem anytime during Challenge weekend to begin their (up to) 14 consecutive hours of work within the Challenge weekend timeframe of: 12:00 noon EST on Friday, February 24, though 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, February 27.  Once the problem is downloaded, by any team member or coach using the team’s credentials, the team’s 14-hour clock starts and it cannot be paused. A countdown timer is shown in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Work in or convert your local time to Eastern Standard Time
    Students may download the problem beginning at noon EST on Friday, and should begin no later than Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST to take full advantage of the 14 hours allowed. 
Suggested start times
Begin your Challenge work time during email help hours so that if you experience problems you will have access to help:
Friday: noon - 5 p.m. EST
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST
  1. Partial solutions are accepted, read, and considered for awards (so do what you do, and do it well!)
    Teams can upload their solution paper – even if incomplete - any number of times during their 14-hour work window; however, each upload completely overwrites any previous upload. Therefore, the last upload made before your team’s deadline is the complete and final solution paper of record. While logged in, you will be able to view your most recent upload. All submissions are eligible for recognition.
  2. Submission upload process
    You will browse for and select your submission, the file name will appear, and you must click the orange “Submit Solution” button to complete the upload process. Your solution paper, must be submitted as a PDF. The size limit for submissions is 18 MB. Use the search terms “make PDF smaller” to help you if your file is too large.
  3. Trouble with uploading?
    In a pinch, you can email your paper to  
  4. Refresh on the official rules and guidelines 
    Review the rules and guidelines prior to Challenge weekend to avoid unnecessary mistakes.  Provide only your team ID # to identify your paper for blind judging and to remain eligible for top prizes.
  5. Three to five students must be on your team, all with current emails 
    If there are any changes to your team’s composition (a member does not show up or a student fills in for an absent team member, for example), you may still compete as long as you have at least three qualified team members present. If necessary, please adjust your team record by logging in by Monday, February 27, 11:59 p.m. EST to reflect the students who competed on your team during the Challenge.
  6. Capture your experience
    Use #M3Challenge and send pictures to – they may be featured on the Challenge website or social media pages, or in future print materials. Make sure you do not give away the problem topic in your posts!  Here’s inspiration from last year.
  7. Send us your Challenge weekend video
    Don't forget, you can submit a 2-minute video documenting your #M3Challenge experience for a chance to win prizes!!

    Upload your video to YouTube and email the link to by March 6th. Any registered team who submits a solution paper (even if partially complete) is eligible.

    Review the rules & guidelines for the video contest.
  8. Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, SIAM, and The Moody’s Foundation are not responsible for local weather conditions, power or Internet outages, or any other situation or circumstance that would prevent a team from fully participating in the Challenge, including any situation that would prevent the submission of a paper during their 14-hour work time. No accommodations can be made for teams if such unfortunate circumstances occur during the Challenge.
  9. Provide CitationsTeams are expected to provide citations to original source material in-text and in a bibliography. No particular citation style is required, but citations must be consistent
  10. Review the resources provided on the M3 site the M3 resources page

Good luck in the Challenge this weekend!

–Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge

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