# About the Challenge!

## How does the Math Contest work?

Here’s how:

- Participating schools conduct playoffs prior to the semi-annual event in order to select one team to represent each grade from each school.
- Each school is allowed to send up to four teams to the competition with up to 10 member per team.
- The challenge consists of two sections: individual computation and team problem solving, with each section contributing 50% towards the final school team score.
- Independent judges score and evaluate the team answers.
- The winning teams are then determined by the highest combined score of both parts of the challenge.
- In case of a tie, a “sudden death” problem would be used to break the tie.
- A $500 award is given to each of the teachers of the first place teams. A $300 award is given to each of the second place teachers, and a $200 award is given to each of the third place teachers.
- Computers are also given to first place teams for each grade.
- Highest scoring student in each grade also wins a gift certificate.

## What are the Rules?

The Challenge Rules

- During the individual computation section, each student will be allowed 30 minutes to complete a total of 50 multiple choice questions.
- The score of all members of the team will be combined for the team score.
- Participants should solve the problems in the order in which they appear and skipped problems will be considered incorrect.
- Discussions among students, using calculators and other hand held devices will not be permitted.
- If a student is in the process of writing an answer when the time is called, the problem immediately prior to this attempt will be considered as the last problem completed.
- During the team problem solving section, each team will be assigned a room for 30 minutes in which to solve the assigned problem with group discussion. Calculators and other had held devices are still not allowed.
- Each team will present their solution to a panel of judges in a 5 minutes presentation and be graded based on: Problem understanding, Presentation skill, Math knowledge, and Solution accuracy