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Student Mathematics and Design Problem Solving Competition: Grades 5-12 

April 6, 2019 - Main Street Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds 

In an effort to showcase the 21st century skills and student collaboration models being taught in our county schools, our STEAM math team of teachers has designed the Student Mathematics Problem Solving Competition for grades 5-12. The problem solving task will be sent to all grade 5-12 math teachers in February 2019. Teachers may then form a team of 1-4 students (one team per grade level, per site) that may then select which problem they wish to solve. Teams will have until April 4, 2019 to solve their chosen problem and to create a presentation of their process and solution (paper, poster, video, etc.)  and one prototype design to be submitted for judging. First, second, and third place awards will be given in each grade level. 


  • February: Menu of math-based problems sent to all 5-12th grade math teachers 
  • Feb 25 – Mar 1: Teams of 1-4 students are formed (one team per grade level per site) 
  • Feb 25 – Mar 1: Teams select the problem they wish to solve 
  • March 15: Submit completed Participation Form (below) to: steam@nevco.org by 5 p.m. 
  • April 4: Electronic presentations due to steam@nevco.org
  • April 4: Presentations must be delivered to Main Street Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds between 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Electronic presentations due April 4th) 
  • April 5: Judging 
  • April 6: Awards ceremony and public viewing (students may be on hand to explain their project to visitors) 
  • April 6: Project removal – 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Projects not claimed by 4 p.m. will be disposed of. 
To complete the registration applications for your school, click the attached files and download the documents at the bottom of this page.

New this year to the STEAM Expo: TechTestJr, sponsored by Telestream and AJA Video! TechTest Jr. is a math-based exam that focuses on problem solving methodologies and critical thinking skills. It is offered to 5th through 8th graders from all schools in Nevada County. The event includes tours and demos, providing the students with a glimpse of what life in the high-tech industry is like. 

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