Just four days left to register for Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

Just four days left to register for Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

February 15, 2006

Nearly 50 teams have already registered for the first-ever Moody's Mega Math Challenge (M3 Challenge), a high school math competition that will award scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to teams of high school juniors and seniors. Registration will close at 11:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 19. Registration forms, complete rules and guidelines, and sample problems are available on the Challenge Web site.

Registered teams may practice the process of login, problem download, and solution upload on the Challenge Web site until March 1, 2006 at noon. "We strongly suggest that students familiarize themselves with this process prior to the M3 Challenge weekend so they are not hampered by technical difficulties," said Michelle Montgomery, M3 Challenge Project Manager. "This contest is somewhat unique because it is done completely online, with student teams working on their own at a location of their choice. We anticipate that most students will not be familiar with this type of format" she added, "and would therefore benefit from practicing the technical aspects of the submission process in advance."

High school math teachers and their students in the New York metropolitan area who would like to register or find out more about the Challenge are encouraged to visit the Web site. The M3 Challenge will take place over the weekend of March 4-5, 2006, and up to $62,500 in scholarships for continuing education will be awarded to winning teams in April.

Funded by the Moody's Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the M3 Challenge is an applied mathematics competition focused on the solution of a realistic, open-ended, challenging modeling problem that deals with a real-world issue. The competition will spotlight applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society.

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