- To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
- To introduce important Mathematical concepts
- To teach major strategies for problem solving
- To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
- To strengthen Mathematical intuition
- To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
- To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
For Whom: 4-6th grade
- Contests are taken in the participating school.
- Each contest consists of five nonroutine problems.
- Every problem requires careful mathematical thinking and has a time limit.
- Each student, working alone, scores 1 point for each correct answer. Thus, a student may score up to 25 points per year.
- Calculators are not permitted
- When a problem introduces a more advanced concept, all necessary definitions are included.
- The detailed solution for each problem usually names the strategy required.
- Many solutions include follow-up problems and activities.
- After each contest, results are submitted to us for scorekeeping. Our records will determine which awards are to be shipped after the last contest.
- Each team has up to 35 students. (Many schools have more than one team.)
- Only schools or homeschool associations, not individuals, may participate.
- Each team competes in just one division.
- Teams with members from more than one school are called “District Teams” or “Institute Teams” and are not eligible for team awards.
- The team score is the sum of the ten highest individual scores, taken after the fifth contest.