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.
The EF+Math Program is focusing on improving the way students learn math. The effort, funded by NewSchools Venture Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, aims to create strategies that develop students’ executive-function skills and boost math outcomes.
ASM Teacher Materials Camp is a weeklong, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that will make core math and science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle school and high school students. The materials topics are motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course as students complete projects of personal worth to them.
COMAP’sHigh School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) is an international contest designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to work as team members to engage in and improve their modeling, problem solving, and writing skills.