Math Challengers

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Try our Online Quiz while you wait for next year! See below.

2020 Provincial Finals are cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2020 Regional Competition results distributed at this time: Some contestants may have noticed that question 3 in the Bulls Eye had two correct answers! Math Challengers is in the process of contacting participants who's medal and trophy standing changed because of this issue. Coaches should check their email Inbox and Junk Mail folders for an email with this information. We are still trying to contact the coaches for Collingwood and Sir Winston Churchill - so we hope anyone reading this will pass that message along. Once contact has been made, new medals and trophies will be sent via Canada Post.

How can I determine my standing? You can calculate your standing compared to others at your venue from the Student Histogram at the bottom of the Team Sheet. Most regions will already have received their team sheets by the time this is written. Because many contestants achieved the same number of points, a precise standing cannot be calculated. Working out how to calculate your standing is left as a further exercise for contestants. Math Challengers does not calculate a contestant's overall standing.

Online Quiz

Math Challengers has been working to create online activities. With the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to release our first online quiz early so that participants have something to do to take the place of our Provincial Finals. Because it is early - it is not really ready to go. We expect it will have bugs, and that the questions may not have a correct answer. In addition, we may or may not be able to mark it for you - but we will try. We will post the answers to the questions before the end of the school year and timing will depend on participation. Please do fill in the questions at the end to tell us how we can make this better, including if you think it's terrible.

The Online Quiz is open to anyone who wishes to participate. The rules are the same as a normal Math Challengers competition - you can use only a writing implement, scrap paper, and your brain to solve the questions. Don't worry if you have to cheat a little - just fill that in at the end. The purpose of the Online Quiz is to make Math more fun - so use whatever method you wish and tell us about it. Find the answers by yourself, in a team, or using some kind of computer. Tell us and we can make a new competition out of it!

Please contact us via the Contact Us page if you have any comments, want to see more, or just can wait to see how you scored. Math Challengers volunteers will do their best to get back to you as soon as they can.
Please do submit your completed survey if you like it. Your participation will trigger us to do more!

Competition Dates, Times and Locations

Please see the Events page.

Registration Information, Registration Deadlines, and Team Roster Submission Deadlines

Please navigate to the Registration Page.

About Math Challengers

Our official name is the Canadian Math Challengers Society; however, we generally just call our group Math Challengers.

Math Challengers is an enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes mathematics achievement among students in Grades 8, 9 and 10 by
[i] challenging students with stimulating and thought-provoking questions, and
[ii] having school math teams compete with each other at local, regional and provincial tournaments.

The program builds skills, promotes strategic problem-solving, and exposes students to complex problems that require creativity and persistence in order to be solved -- all a critical part of our increasingly technological society. Moreover, it provides an opportunity to bring 8th and 9th graders together to promote a lively exchange of mathematical ideas through competition.

Math Challengers promotes student interest in mathematics and mathematics-related careers by making math achievement as challenging, prestigious and exciting as a school sport might be. Teachers, volunteers and former student participants coach competitors beginning each fall and continuing throughout the year, either as part of in-class instruction or as an extracurricular activity. In January, in-school competitions are held to determine the five member school teams that will compete at a regional tournament. The training and practice throughout the school year leads up to a Regional Competition held in February.

The teams from the regional tournaments around the province then advance to the Provincial Finals in March, where the B.C. school team and the individual champions are crowned! At each tournament level, all students participate in two individual contest rounds, then in a team round, and finally the top ranked students take part in a head to head buzz-in question-and- answer session [similar to the TV quiz show, "Jeopardy"], where the overall individual champion is decided. Trophies and awards are given to the top finishers at each tournament.

In addition to the in-province tournaments, a Post Provincial Finals enrichment meet takes place after the Provincial Finals for up to the top 30 students competing in the Grade 9 competition .

Spectators are welcome during the Face-Off Stage of the competition, which is a fast-paced buzz-in-and-answer session similar to a television quiz show. If you would like to see a different sort of math contest [rather than the usual sit-and-write format], come check out a Math Challengers competition--it just might make you want to enter a team of your own!

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University Open Houses, Tours, and Information

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UBC: UBC Tours
SFU: SFU Tours
UFV: UFV Tours
Okanagan College: Okanagan College Tours
Camosun College: Camosun College Tours

Sponsors

The major sponsors of Math Challengers are:

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