Use Problem Solving Skills to Win Scholarship Money!

February 16, 2011

Attention high school students!  Use your problem solving skills to win scholarships totaling $100,000!

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge is an Internet-based, applied math contest open to high school juniors and seniors, in 18 states along the east coast. Participating teams have 14 hours to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focusing on a real-world issue. The goal of the challenge is to introduce applied mathematics to students as a powerful problem solving-tool, an exciting profession, and a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society. The challenge also inspires and encourages those students who don’t favor math from textbooks or traditional math competitions.

Last year’s competition challenged participants to evaluate the U.S. Census Bureau’s figures and methods. Each team was asked to make recommendations for the under-count adjustment, the apportioning of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the fairest way to draw Congressional districts based on their evaluation of the Bureau’s figures.

What Moody’s Mega Math Challenge teaches high school students, above and beyond everything else, is that there is a purpose to math outside the classroom: that they can objectively evaluate issues by looking at the numbers and statistics behind the problem and use math to break down concepts and ideas they encounter in everyday life.
Be part of Moody’s Mega Math Challenge and experience it yourself! Register now! Challenge weekend is March 5-6, 2011. Teachers must register their teams before 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 25, 2011.

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