Math Challengers

News

8 April 2020 Update: Provincial Finals Cancelled Math Challengers made the decision at yesterday's meeting to cancel the 2020 Provincial Finals. However, we are looking into what we can do to continue to promote math while we are unable to hold our regular competitions. Coaches - what would you like to see? Please do contact us with your ideas! Please also keep an eye on your email since we will almost certainly be contacting you about options. Thank you from your Math Challengers Volunteer Team!

Regional Contest Results: Congratulations everyone! Math Challengers hopes you all had a blast at this year's regional contests.

Invitations to the Provincial Finals competition are finally here! Please check the Results page. The names of the individuals invited to the Finals will be emailed to coaches.

Results distributed at this time: 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.

Some contestants may have noticed that question 3 in the Bulls Eye had two correct answers! Check back here for updates about how this was handled.

Did you know?

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

BCIT: BCIT Info Sessions
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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