Contest Applying Math to Modeling and Problems Solving
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. Teams apply mathematics to model, develop, and communicate a solution to a real-world problem. Previously HiMCM problems included Roller Coasters: Develop an Objective Ranking System; Drone Clusters As Sky Light Displays: Design an Aerial Drone Light Show; Shop and Ship: Optimal Placement of Warehouses for 1-Day Ground Shipping; Swim, Bike, and Run: Minimize Congestion and Road Closures for a Triathlon; and Art Gallery Security: Determine Most Secure Configuration for an Art Exhibit. Teams have a 14-day window in which to download and choose their problem, complete their modeling solution, and electronically submit their solution document to COMAP for judging. A registration fee is required to participate in the competition.
Deadlines: November 6, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. (ET) for registration. Contest Window opens at 3:01 p.m. (ET) on November 6, 2019, and closes at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on November 19, 2019. Solution Report is due by 9:00 p.m. (ET) on November 19, 2019. Contest results will be posted on or before February 1, 2020.
Plus: COMAP provides free downloadable resources to help educators power mathematical thinking and modeling in the classroom. The resources include a set of instructional modules and mini-modules for use in high school classrooms to help cultivate facility with computational thinking across different grade levels and subject areas.
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