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Student Mathematics Problem Solving Competition: Grades 5-12 

April 7, 2018 - 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 5-8. A menu of challenging mathematics-based problems will be sent to all grade 5-8 math teachers in February 2018. Teachers may then form a team of 1-3 students (one team per grade level, per site) that may then select which problem they wish to solve. Teams will have until April 4, 2018 to solve their chosen problem and to create a presentation of their process and solution (paper, poster, video, etc.) to be submitted for judging. First, second, and third place awards will be given in each grade level.

To download the registration application for your school click the attached file and download the document at the bottom of this page.

Timeline

  • February: Menu of math-based problems sent to all 5-12th grade math teachers 
  • Feb 27 – Mar 2: Teams of 1-3 students are formed (one team per grade level per site) 
  • Feb 27 – Mar 2: Teams select the problem they wish to solve 
  • March 3: Submit completed Participation Form (below) to: steam@nevco.org by 5 p.m. 
  • March 3 – April 4: Teams solve their chosen problem and create a presentation of their process (see guidelines below) 
  • April 4: Electronic presentations due
  • 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 6: Judging 
  • April 7: Awards ceremony and public viewing (students may be on hand to explain their project to visitors) 
  • April 7: Project removal – 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Projects not claimed by 4 p.m. will be disposed of. 

NEW THIS YEAR - TECH TEST JR.
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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