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

February 22, 2017

More than 6,300 high school students from across the U.S. 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 and their love of math, 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 twelfth 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 24-27 this year). Working in groups of 3-5, teams have 14 hours to gather data and information, document their assumptions, and devise a mathematical model to provide insight about the issue before submitting their solution via computer upload. This year, 1,406 teams have registered. 

To give every team the opportunity for success in the modeling process, the competition offers participants free access to a number of helpful resources, including the math modeling handbook; free licenses to software tools from MathWorks and Wolfram; and easy-to-watch video clips describing the modeling process.

Originally offered only in the New York City metropolitan area in 2006, the competition is now open to students nationwide and to those in 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 M3 Challenge this year, view the full list of registered teams. Learn more about M3 Challenge.

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