Thousands of high school students to compete in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge this weekend

Thousands of high school students to compete in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge this weekend

Record number of teams will use math modeling for chance to win $150,000 in scholarships

February 23, 2016

More than 6,800 high school students from across the United States will skip sports practice, forego lunch with friends, and call out sick from work this weekend so they can spend up to 14 consecutive hours using their math modeling prowess and other skills and experiences to solve a relevant, real-life problem in Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge. While most will do this mainly for the experience, many will participate with the hope of winning a portion of the $150,000 in scholarships that will be awarded to top finishers by The Moody’s Foundation.

Now in its eleventh year, M3 Challenge is a competition unlike any other. The problem topic in the Internet-based contest remains unknown until participants download it during Challenge weekend (February 27-28 this year). Working in teams of 3-5, they then have the next 14 hours to gather data and information, make assumptions, and devise a mathematical model to provide insight about the issue before submitting their solution via computer upload. This year, 1,557 teams have registered.

To give every team the opportunity for success in the modeling process, the competition offers participants free access to a math modeling handbook and to software tools from MathWorks and Wolfram, which provide licenses and online instruction to registered teams.

Originally offered only in the New York City metropolitan area, the competition is available nationwide for the first time this year with the addition of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as all U.S. territories and DoDEA schools.

The M3 Challenge is organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and has been motivating students to pursue careers in science and math for more than a decade.

To find out which schools in your area registered for the Challenge this year view the list of registered teams here.

Learn more about M3 Challenge.


About the Sponsor
Built on the recognition that a company grows stronger by helping others, The Moody’s Foundation works to enhance its communities and the lives of its employees by providing grants and engaging in community service in local neighborhoods. The Moody’s Foundation, established in 2002 by Moody’s Corporation, partners with nonprofit organizations to support initiatives such as education in the fields of mathematics, finance, and economics, as well as workforce development, civic affairs, and arts and culture. For more information, please visit

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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