Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Contestants Gain FREE Access to professional computing software

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Contestants Gain FREE Access to professional computing software

The math modeling competition provides access to Mathematica and MATLAB

January 13, 2015

Philadelphia, PA (January 13, 2015) —Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a prestigious applied math modeling contest for high schoolers in 45 states, encourages students to think critically and solve real-world problems. To support and encourage participation, the contest organizers provide powerful math modeling resources and helpful study guides to illustrate quantifying and applying mathematics to everyday issues.

For the first time in the Challenge’s 10-year history, participants will use world-class computing software. MathWorks and Wolfram will offer MATLAB and Mathematica free of charge. These proprietary programs and their companion training materials will aid students in completing their M3 Challenge submissions, as well as provide valuable and marketable software experience for other endeavors.

Challenge weekend, when all competing teams will have 14 hours to create their entire math modeling solutions, takes place February 28-March 1. This year, finalist teams will claim a portion of $125,000 in scholarship money.

“The M3 Challenge is a rigorous program that presents students with a real-world problem, tasking them to use their personal applied mathematics arsenal. Applied problems can be tackled in many ways, and therefore the use of whatever tools a person may have familiarity with is encouraged,” explained Dr. James Crowley, executive director of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the organizing society for the Challenge. “Students across the country have varying access to resources; the free online access to Mathematica and MATLAB will be a great equalizer this year. Success in this competition is truly attainable for all students.”

Mathematica is the world's definitive system for modern technical  computing, providing a single integrated, continually expanding computation environment for millions of innovators, educators, students, and industry leaders around the world.

"Instructors frequently tell us that they love using Mathematica because it lets them cover concepts that they simply can't with just a static 2-D blackboard or textbook, or even using scientific calculators," says Katherine Bautista, senior academic program manager at Wolfram.  "Mathematica provides an immersive and engaging platform to investigate real-world problems, where you can have interactive graphics, live data, calculations, and text--all in one environment, covering all STEM  disciplines and all levels of education.”

MATLAB by MathWorks is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation, and is used worldwide.

“MathWorks prepares the next generation of scientists and engineers with software, training and mentoring to tackle the same technical issues as professional engineers,” said Lauren Tabolinsky, student competition program specialist at MathWorks. “Student teams have access to industry-standard tools, with a flexible design environment where they can apply classroom theory to competition problems.”

Visit to register a team by February 20, 2015, and take advantage of the exceptional programs and other free resources the contest offers. The Challenge, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is available to high school juniors and seniors in 45 states and Washington, D.C.


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About the Sponsor


The Moody's Foundation, a charitable organization established by Moody's Corporation, is committed to supporting education, in particular the study of mathematics, finance and economics. The Foundation also funds specific initiatives in the areas of global economic development, microfinance, civic, health and human services as well as arts and cultural programs. The Foundation supports programs located in select metropolitan areas in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world.


Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.0 billion in 2013, employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 31 countries. Further information is available at



About the Organizer


The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of over 14,000 individual members, including applied and computational mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and engineers. Members from 85 countries are researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in industry, government, laboratories, and academia. The Society, which also includes nearly 500 academic and corporate institutional members, serves and advances the disciplines of applied mathematics and computational science by publishing a variety of books and prestigious peer-reviewed research journals, by conducting conferences, and by hosting activity groups in various areas of mathematics. SIAM provides many opportunities for students including regional sections and student chapters. Further information is available at


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