Competition Fostering Mathematical Problem Solving and Technical Writing Skills
The USA Mathematical Talent Search(USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all US middle school and high school students. Unlike most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month, or more, to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Students may use any materials—books, calculators, computers—but all the work must be their own. Mathematicians grade students’ solutions to the problems and return their comments to students. The competition not only fosters insight, ingenuity, and creativity; it also promotes perseverance, which is equally essential in scientific endeavors. The 2019–2020 Round 2 Problems and Round 1 Solutions are now available. Students are welcome to participate in Round 2 even if they did not complete Round 1. The USAMTS is a program of the nonprofit Art of Problem Solving Initiative.
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Each fall at MIT, nearly 300 young female mathematicians in grade 11 or below compete in Advantage Testing Foundation’schallenging test of mathematical creativity and insight. The goal is to promote gender equity in the STEM professions and to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become mathematical and scientific leaders.