Essential Reminders for M3 Teams

Essential Reminders for M3 Teams

February 25, 2016
Greetings coaches and students,
This message contains 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. These reminders were also emailed to all registered coaches and students. 
  1. Flexible work time over Challenge weekend
    Teams may download the problem anytime during Challenge weekend to begin their up to 14 consecutive hours of work within the Challenge weekend timeframe of: 12:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, February 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 28.

  2. All teams must work in or convert their local time to Eastern Standard Time
    Once the problem is downloaded, by any team member using the team’s credentials, the team’s 14-hour clock starts and it cannot be paused. A countdown timer is shown in the upper right corner of the screen. Students should download the problem no later than 10:00 a.m. EST on Sunday to take full advantage of the 14 hours allowed. 

  3. Suggested work times
    It is STRONGLY suggested that youbegin your Challenge work at a time when email support is available so if you experience problems logging in or downloading the problem, you will have access to help. Help times are:

    Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST
    Sunday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST  

    There is no phone support during the Challenge. Teams must troubleshoot on their own, or email during the help times indicated above.

    Teams are responsible for troubleshooting on their own if they experience problems outside of the email help times.

  4. Official rules and guidelines 
    Students and coaches should review the rules and guidelines prior to Challenge weekend to avoid unnecessary mistakes. One of the most common rule violations is the inclusion of identifying information. Provide only your team ID # to identify your paper for blind judging and to remain eligible for top prizes.

  5. 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. If you have forgotten or misplaced your ID # or password, which was sent to the coach and all student team members, please right away.

  6. Three to five students must be on your team, all with current emails 
    Please log in to review accuracy of student data and to provide email addresses for all.

  7. 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 memberspresent. If necessary, please adjust your team record by logging in by Monday, February 29, 4:00 p.m. EST (Monday following the Challenge) to reflect the students who competed on your team during the Challenge.

  8. Necessary software for handling the problem and solution
    A PDF reader is required to download and read the problem. Adobe Acrobat is probably the most common, although any PDF reader can be used to view the problem.

  9. Submission upload process
    After you browse for and select your submission, the file name will appear, and you must click the orange “Submit Solution” button to complete the upload process. Your solution paper, must be submitted 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.

  10. Uploading your submission by your deadline and other important tips for submitting…
    The deadline to upload your solution paper is exactly 14 hours after you download the problem, (unless you started with fewer than 14 hours of Challenge weekend remaining) – a countdown timer will display in the upper right corner of the screen upon first download. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to accept late submissions. If you run into difficulty uploading your paper, email it before your deadline! 

    Partial solutions are accepted and will be judged.
    Teams can upload their solution paper any number of times during their 14-hour work window; however, each upload completely overwrites any previous upload. Therefore, the last upload made before your team’s deadline is the complete and finalsolution 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Review the math 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 the 2013 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, visit the M3 resources page

  13. 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 any situation that would prevent the submission of a paper during their 14-hour work time. No accommodations can be made for teams if such unfortunate circumstances were to occur at any time during the Challenge.

  14. 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. Brush up on the Challenge rules.

  15. Capture your experience
    Use #M3Challenge and send pictures to – they may be featured on the M3 Challenge website or social media pages, or in future print materials. Make sure you do not give away the problem topic in your posts!

Good luck in the Challenge this weekend!

MChallenge headquarters 

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