Essential Reminders for M3 Teams

Essential Reminders for M3 Teams

Is your team ready for Challenge weekend?

February 26, 2015

Greetings coaches and students,

This message contains a lot of important information. Please double-check the following items to ensure that everyone on your team is prepared to compete in Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge this weekend. 

  1. You can download the problem at 7:00 a.m. and must upload a solution by 9:00 p.m. on your selected Challenge day
    Your local time – the time you indicated at registration
  1. Official rules and guidelines 
    Students and coaches should review the rules and guidelines at /participate/eligibility-rules-guidelines prior to Challenge weekend to avoid unnecessary mistakes. The most common rule violation? Putting identifiers—students’ names, high school name, etc.—on the solution paper. Provide only your team ID # to identify your paper for blind judging and to keep you in the running for top prizes.
  2. Login credentials
    Your team ID# and password were sent to you at the time of registration. You will need this information to log in and access the problem on the Challenge website at If you have forgotten or misplaced your ID# or password, please contact M3 headquarters ( before Challenge weekend.
  3. Three to five students must be on your team. 
    Your team registration must list 3-5 students in order for your submission to be eligible. Please log in at to add/remove team members.

    No-shows and substitutions: If there are any changes to your team’s composition (a member does not show up or a student fills in for an absent team member, for example), you may still compete as long as you have at least three qualified team members present. Please adjust your team record by March 2 (Monday following the Challenge) at to reflect the students who competed on your team during the Challenge. Alternatively, you may email team changes to
  4. Necessary software for handling the problem and solutio
    You will need a PDF reader to download and read the problem. Adobe Acrobat is probably the most common; however, any PDF reader can be used to view the problem. Your solution paper should be submitted only as a PDF. The size limit for submissions is 18 MB. Use the search terms “make PDF smaller” to help you if your file is too large.
  5. Submission upload process
    After your browse for and select your submission, you may see a blue progress bar as the submission uploads. Once uploaded, the file name will appear. You must click the orange “Submit Solution” button/link to complete the upload process.
  6. Uploading your submission
    The deadline to upload your solution paper is 9:00 p.m. on your Challenge day – NO EXCEPTIONS! Even a partial solution can—and should—be submitted for consideration by the judges. Creativity and originality are highly valued components of a winning solution, along with good quantitative and qualitative analysis.

    Teams can upload their solution paper any number of times on their chosen Challenge day; however, each upload completely overwrites any previous upload. Therefore, the last upload made before the 9:00 p.m. deadline is the complete and final solution paper of record. Any previous uploads will have been deleted. It is good practice to upload a solution paper in semi-final form as the deadline approaches to make sure a solution paper has been submitted in the most final form possible prior to the deadline. While logged in, you will be able to view your most recent upload
  7. Having problems? Email is the best way to contact us – m3challenge@siam.or
    Instructions for teams having technical issues are also available on the "Contact Us" page at /contact-usIf you are experiencing password, download, upload, or other technical problems, you can email questions. Emailing your submission should be the last resort if upload is problematic, and must be sent before the deadline.

    If you must call, a technical support hotline is available during limited hours on Challenge weekend (267-350-6349)
    The hotline will be staffed from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., and from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m..

    Callers to the hotline will be required to provide a valid email address to verify identity.Please make any necessary changes to your registration data by logging in at or by sending the changes via email to

  8. Provide citations
    Teams are expected to provide citations to original source material in-text and in a bibliography. No particular citation style is required, but citations must be consistent.
  9. Review the modeling handbook and  “The Problem” page
    The modeling handbook details the steps of the modeling process (which translate into parts of your solution paper) and refers to several modeling problems – one of which was last year’s Challenge. An actual winning paper is included in the appendix to illustrate many concepts. To view or download the PDF handbook and view other resources, go to /resources
  10. Parental/guardian consent 
    If you have not yet submitted consent, please do so. Submit consent by logging in to the M3 site ( Upon logging in, click “Team Members” to find your name and the Edit/Consent button where parents can agree to the consent statement.
  11. Capture your experience
    We love the pictures and videos students post on Facebook and Twitter as they work! Use #M3Challenge2015 and/or send them to us – they may be featured on the M3 Challenge website or social media pages, or in related print materials. Be sure to not give away the problem topic in your posts!
  12. Important disclaimer 
    Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, SIAM, and The Moody’s Foundation are not responsible for local weather conditions, power or Internet outages, or any other situation or circumstance that would prevent a team from fully participating in the Challenge, including, for example, by preventing the submission of a paper on their selected Challenge day. No accommodations can be made for teams if such unfortunate circumstances were to occur at any time during the Challenge.
  13. Remember the spirit of the Challenge
    Any attempts by students to seek help outside of their team members, via any medium, is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Forums and Internet help sites are monitored by M3 Challenge headquarters during Challenge weekend.

Good luck in the Challenge this weekend!

MChallenge headquarters

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