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snapshot
Math Problem solving contests for teams of up to 35 students in grades 4 through 8.
It is open only to schools, home schools, and institutes (NOT INDIVIDUALS).

goals

  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
  • To introduce important Mathematical concepts
  • To teach major strategies for problem solving
  • To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
  • To strengthen Mathematical intuition
  • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
  • To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges

structure

Your school's math club meets weekly for an hour. Club members explore a topic or strategy in depth, using Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics (or other sources), or they practice for the contests, using nonroutine problems from both Math Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 2 or Mathematical Olympiads Contest Problems for Elementary and Middle Schools (or other sources).

The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, given from November to March. No traveling is required.  These contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.

history

Created in 1977 by Dr. George Lenchner, an internationally known math educator, the Math Olympiads went public in 1979. Last year nearly 150,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. All 50 states and about 30 other countries were represented.

what
you
get

Choose from two grade appropriate divisions (4-6 and 6-8). For an annual fee, the sponsor receives:

  • All 50 problems and detailed solutions from the previous two years. IMPORTANT! These are copyrighted materials. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES may the actual contests or the individual problems and/or solutions be published in any form, including the internet.
  • 5 monthly contests with detailed solutions.
  • 8 newsletters that lead the sponsor through all procedures, provide statistics and relevant information.
  • Certificates for all students, one Highest Individual Scorer trophy, and awards for about 50% of all participating students and about 25% of all teams.