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IUPUI High School Math Contest - Math & Racing

IUPUI High School Math Contest

This contest is an opportunity for teachers to supplement their lesson plans and provide students with creative and competitive outlets. Students study patterns, analyze relationships, draft and refine their solutions, and submit their work.

New for 2018!

Our 1st CONTEST JAM SESSION was a big success!
Students worked with Professors and PhD Students on strategies to solve complex problems.
 

2018 contest is open!  Good luck!

2018 Contest Poster
2018 Contest Problems
2018 Individual Coversheet
2018 Team Coversheet

Rules

1) Students are not allowed to use the internet for anything other than than Essay Problem.  Books can be used for any of the problems. 

2) Students are not allowed to receive outside help from anyone (on the individual problems) or anyone not on their team (team problem), while working on the contest.  In particular, teachers and parents are only allowed to give "moral support", but nothing else.  Of course, teachers are encouraged to explain general problem solving techniques and to illustrate them by working through problems from previous years' contests with their students.

How the contest works

  • Contest begins in January 20, 2018 and solutions must be submitted by March 9, 2018 via e-mail at mcontest@iupui.edu or postal service at the address on the bottom of the webpage. 
  • A coversheet must be included with every submission.  2018 Individual Coversheet & 2018 Team Coversheet
  • Questions are meant to be difficult, often requiring several attempts.  However, they can be solved using 9-12th grade math problem-solving skills.  Several examples of problems and solutions are available at the bottom of this page.
  • One essay question on contest's theme - "Math & Racing".
  • Students do not need to complete every question to compete.  Moreover 2 or 3 elegant solutions often results in a winning entry.
  • Students work on the questions independently (for individual competition) and in groups (for team competition).
  • IUPUI faculty and graduate students volunteer over 20 hours to judge all entries based on the following criteria:
    • A student's method of finding the solution,
    • Correctness of solution, and
    • Elegance of solution.
  • Winners and participants are invited to campus for the award ceremony April 13, 2018.

Eligibility

  • This contest is open to all Indiana high school students (grades 9 - 12)

Prizes

  • 1st Place (1 winner)
    • $300 and a full four-year academic tuition scholarship to the School of Science at IUPUI
  • 2nd Place (5 winners)
    • $150 and a $2,000 per year scholarship for four years to the School of Science at IUPUI.
  • 3rd Place: (10 winners)
    • $100 and a $2,000 per year scholarship for four years to the School of Science at IUPUI.
*In order to receive the scholarship, the winner must be directly admitted to the IUPUI School of Science and be a full time major in any discipline within the School of Science.
**Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 per year will be awarded to the remaining cash prize winners who are directly admitted to the IUPUI School of Science and attend full time. These scholarships are renewable for four years, given satisfactory academic performance. Winners may receive only one scholarship from the School of Science for winning the contest but are still eligible for other campus-based scholarships.

How the contest enhances student engagement

  • The High School Math Contest is an opportunity for teachers to supplement their lesson plans and provide students with creative and competitive outlets.
  • Student participants study patterns, analyze relationships, draft and refine their solutions, and submit their work.

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2017 Contest

The 2017 IUPUI High School Math Contest was a huge success!  

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2017 winners    2017 problems    2017 solutions      2017 poster

Contest Archive

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