Preparation and Early Registration are Keys to Success in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

Preparation and Early Registration are Keys to Success in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

January 12, 2017

Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge doesn’t begin until Friday, February 24, but students across the United States are already preparing for the Internet-based math modeling contest. The goal? To improve their chance of winning a share of the $150,000 in scholarships that is up for grabs. Nearly 300 teams, comprised of more than 1,200 students, have already registered for the prestigious competition in which high school juniors and seniors attempt to come up with the best solution to a relevant, real-world problem in just 14 hours.

Once registered, participants can immediately access free resources like math modeling handbooks, videos, and cutting-edge computer software to start preparing in advance of Challenge weekend.  They also begin receiving timely emails from contest organizers at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics that keep them motivated, informed, and prepared. 

“Registering early is one of the best ways to get a leg up on the competition,” says M3 Challenge project director Michelle Montgomery, adding, “many teachers and students say that our email communication really helps keep them psyched and on track for success as Challenge weekend approaches.”

The M3 Challenge website (m3challenge.siam.org) contains a wealth of free information and resources designed not only to help students better understand math modeling but also to show them what is needed to do well in this particular contest. Advice from past winners (students and coaches), winning solutions from the previous 11 years, and detailed judge perspectives provide valuable insight.

“M3 Challenge is unlike any high school math contest that I know of in terms of the information it provides the teachers and students to help them do their best,” says Montgomery. “From free software licenses and modeling handbooks to easily accessible sample and practice problems, videos, and other tips and guidance, we do everything we can to give all teams the tools to be successful.”    

M3 Challenge, which is sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation, is completely free and open to juniors and seniors seeking a pinnacle high school experience and the chance to win a share of $150,000 in scholarships. Working in teams of 3-5, students must use math modeling to answer the questions posed---making predictions and providing insight about an important topic or issue---and ultimately submit a solution paper. The Internet-based contest will begin Friday, February 24, at 12:00 p.m. EST and end Monday, February 27, at 8:00 a.m. EST. Teams may choose any continuous 14-hour period to work during that time frame. Registration remains open until Friday, February 17, 2017.

Learn more and register your team before February 17 at http://m3challenge.siam.org/.

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