Record number of schools set to participate in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

Record number of schools set to participate in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

More than 1,500 teams registered for annual math contest taking place this weekend

February 23, 2015

Nearly 7,000 high school students across the United States will spend this Saturday or Sunday – from early in the morning until late at night – using their math modeling prowess to solve a relevant, real-life problem with the hope of winning a portion of the $125,000 in scholarships that will be awarded by The Moody’s Foundation. Even teams that don’t win stand to gain a wealth of experience just by competing in the tenth annual Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a competition unlike any other, on February 28 and March 1.

The problem topic in the Internet-based contest remains unknown until participants get online access at 7 a.m. on their selected day of Challenge weekend. Participating teams will then spend the next 14 hours gathering data and information regarding the topic, making assumptions, and devising mathematical models to provide insight about the issue before submitting their solutions.

This year, the Challenge is offering participants free access to advanced computing software including MathWorks’ MATLAB and Wolfram’s Mathematica to aid in their math modeling solutions. A handbook on mathematical modeling is also available for free download. In addition to instructions on various steps of the modeling process, the guide includes "reference flashcards," sample modeling problems, and analysis of a previous winning paper from the Challenge.   

The M3 Challenge, which is organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), has been motivating students to pursue careers in science and math for the past decade. As a tribute to the contest’s 10-year milestone, champions from past Challenges reminisced about their Challenge experience in a series of videos, which are available on the 10-year-anniversary page. Check them out, and revisit the page as more videos are added each week.

Archives of past Challenges, including photos, videos, problem topics, and solution papers are also available on the site.

Did your school register for the Challenge this year? View the entire list of registered teams here.

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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