Local high school math whizzes go head-to-head in a high-stakes contest this March!

Local high school math whizzes go head-to-head in a high-stakes contest this March!

January 10, 2007

We invite you to cover local high school math whizzes as they go head to head in a high-stakes contest this March!

More than 200 teams consisting of 3-5 students are expected to match wits in the 2007 Moody's Mega Math Challenge (M3 Challenge), an exciting competition for high school juniors and seniors in the NYC metropolitan area.* Last year close to 600 students competed to "solve the social security stalemate" with data, models and justifications.

This year's problem, to be revealed to teams on the Challenge weekend March 3-4, is sure to inspire thought provoking solution papers. Judges of the entries, all professional mathematicians, will narrow down the papers to arrive at a short list of the top teams, who will then be required to present their solution papers to a panel of mathematicians at The Moody's Foundation headquarters in NYC in order to be placed in the final ranking of winners.

Eleven winning teams will walk away with scholarship prizes totaling $65,000!

Don't miss this opportunity to report on our region's academically outstanding youth as they prepare and embark on this challenge: solving an open-ended, realistic, applied mathematics modeling problem focused on real-world issues.

We encourage you to cover our second annual Moody's Mega Math Challenge competition which will be held March 3-4, 2007.

Interviews with students, teachers, judges, and sponsor or organizer representatives (The Moody's Foundation and SIAM, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, respectively) are most welcome. If you have any questions, interview requests, or would like a list of participating schools in your local area, please feel free to contact Michelle Montgomery at 215.382.9800 x 368 or via e-mail at Montgomery@siam.org.

*Only those high schools located in the following counties are eligible to register teams for the M3 Challenge:

In New York City: New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)
In New York State: Nassau, Westchester, Rockland, Suffolk
In New Jersey: Bergen, Hudson, Union, Middlesex, Passaic, Essex, Monmouth, Somerset, Mercer
In Connecticut: Fairfield

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