Competition Showcasing Girls’ Math Creativity and Insight
Math Prize for Girls, sponsored by the Advantage Testing Foundation, is the largest mathematics prize for girls in the world. Each fall at MIT, nearly 300 young female mathematicians compete in a challenging test of mathematical creativity and insight. The goal is to promote gender equity in the STEM professions and to encourage girls with exceptional potential to become mathematical and scientific leaders. To be eligible to apply for Math Prize 2019, students must meet all of the following criteria: (1) be in 11th grade or below as of February 2019 (and not be slated to graduate from high school or to start fulltime college before the contest); (2) be female in gender identity; (3) live in the United States or Canada, or be a US citizen or permanent resident; and (4) have taken an official administration of the American Mathematics Competition exam (AMC 10 for tenth graders or below; AMC 12 for twelfth graders or below). Students who meet all of these criteria may apply in early March. The Math Prize for Girls awards $50,000 in monetary prizes, including a $25,000 prize for first place.
Deadlines: Students must take the AMC exam by February 2019. Applications are due by June 30, 2019. The top 300 applicants (based on official AMC scores) will receive invitations in July to attend the competition at MIT in October 2019.
A new interactive national report shows how states are performing based on 10 STEM benchmarks. The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by the National Math and Science Initiative, SRI International, and 100Kin10, looks at more than 100 public datasets and puts the results into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 conditions, practices, and outcomes demonstrating STEM success rates.
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) pioneered Design–Make–Play, a novel approach to learning and engagement, drawing on deeper learning research and supporting the creation of learning experiences that develop critical thinking, knowledge integration, innovation, and creativity skills.
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.