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September 1, 2009

Making It Happen: Academic Competitions and Contests Part II

By Stacey Burt
Grades 6–8

    Here is the promised €œPart II, a continuation of my post about the guidelines for getting students involved in math contests and competitions. Check out the considerations suggested in my previous blog as they are the basics I follow for both science and math contests and competitive teams.

    One thing I would like to mention is the great need to expand our students'€™ talents in mathematics. In 1980, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) made a bold statement, "The student most neglected in terms of realizing full potential, is the gifted student of mathematics." This suggestion leads me wonder what I am doing to encourage the mathematical talent of those very bright math students in my class. Over the years I have realized that one way I can address the needs of this population is to get these students involved in math-based contests and competitions. Below you will find a list of sites that sponsor or give information on math related opportunities for your high achieving math students.

    Math Olympiads

    http://www.moems.org

    Math League

    http://www.arml.com/index.php

    Mathcounts

    https://mathcounts.org/Page.aspx?pid=1537

    Math Kangaroo

    http://www.kangurusa.com/new/

    Math League

    http://www.themathleague.com/

    Online Math League

    http://www.onlinemathleague.com/

    American Scholastic Mathematics Association

    http://www.asan.com/asa/asma1.htm

    For a more thorough list of opportunities, check out this link: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/AoPS_R_Contests.php

     

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    Some of the contests listed above can be conducted on site at your school and results are entered by the sponsoring teacher via the internet. I have had my students participate in the Math League contest with great results. I hope these sites will inspire you to engage your students in pursuing their love of mathematics in more depth by participating in math contests and challenges. A few of the competitions even offer savings bonds and scholarship money to students winning particular events and categories. Good luck!

    Mathematically Yours-

    Stacey

    Here is the promised €œPart II, a continuation of my post about the guidelines for getting students involved in math contests and competitions. Check out the considerations suggested in my previous blog as they are the basics I follow for both science and math contests and competitive teams.

    One thing I would like to mention is the great need to expand our students'€™ talents in mathematics. In 1980, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) made a bold statement, "The student most neglected in terms of realizing full potential, is the gifted student of mathematics." This suggestion leads me wonder what I am doing to encourage the mathematical talent of those very bright math students in my class. Over the years I have realized that one way I can address the needs of this population is to get these students involved in math-based contests and competitions. Below you will find a list of sites that sponsor or give information on math related opportunities for your high achieving math students.

    Math Olympiads

    http://www.moems.org

    Math League

    http://www.arml.com/index.php

    Mathcounts

    https://mathcounts.org/Page.aspx?pid=1537

    Math Kangaroo

    http://www.kangurusa.com/new/

    Math League

    http://www.themathleague.com/

    Online Math League

    http://www.onlinemathleague.com/

    American Scholastic Mathematics Association

    http://www.asan.com/asa/asma1.htm

    For a more thorough list of opportunities, check out this link: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/AoPS_R_Contests.php

     

     IMG_1069

    Some of the contests listed above can be conducted on site at your school and results are entered by the sponsoring teacher via the internet. I have had my students participate in the Math League contest with great results. I hope these sites will inspire you to engage your students in pursuing their love of mathematics in more depth by participating in math contests and challenges. A few of the competitions even offer savings bonds and scholarship money to students winning particular events and categories. Good luck!

    Mathematically Yours-

    Stacey

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