Math

Student Mathematics Problem Solving Competition: Grades 5-8

March 27th & 28th, 2020 at 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 have designed the Student Mathematics Problem Solving Competition for grades 5-8.

A problem solving task will be sent to all grade 5-8 math teachers on February 21st, 2020. Teachers may then form a team of 1-4 students (one team per grade level 5-8, per site) that will create a well designed, complete response to the task. Teams will have until March 26th, 2020 to submit their presentation of the processes, formulas, and the solution (paper, poster, video, etc.) to be submitted for judging. All projects must be submitted by Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 2-4 pm at the Main Center Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for judging. First, second, and third place prizes and awards will be given in each grade level.

To complete the registration application for your school submit the form at the bottom of this page by Friday, March 6, 2020. Please email electronic project submissions or questions to Jim Richards at: themjames54@gmail.com

Timeline

  • February 21st: Menu of math-based problems sent to all 5-8th grade math teachers
  • Feb 21st– Mar 6th: Teams of 1-4 students are formed (one team per grade level per site)
  • March 6th: Submit completed Participation Form (below) by 5 p.m.
  • February 21st - March 26th: Teams solve their chosen problem and create a presentation of their process (see guidelines below)
  • March 25th: Electronic Presentations must be emailed to Jim Richards at themjames54@gmail.com
  • March 26th: Physical Presentations must be delivered to Main Street Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds between 1:30pm-4:00pm. Electronic Presentations are due March 25th by email to Jim Richards at themjames54@gmail.com
  • March 27: Judging - Nevada County Fairgrounds Main Building - Closed to Public
  • Saturday, March 28th: 2:00-3:00pm at the Main Center Nevada County Fairgrounds: Awards ceremony and public viewing (students may be on hand throughout from 9am-2pm to explain their project to visitors)
  • Saturday, March 28th: Project removal by 3:00 p.m. Projects not claimed by 3:30 p.m. will be disposed.

FOR INFORMATION ON THE INDIVIDUAL MATH COMPETITION VISIT TECH TEST JR.

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.

TO VIEW MORE INFORMATION OR REGISTER YOUR TEAM for TECH TEST JR., PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Download the 5th and 6th grade challenge instructions here

Download the 7-8th grade challenge instructions here

Mathematics Problem Solving Competition Details

A. Submission Guidelines:

1. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to 4 students: one individual/team per grade level, per school.

2. Students are to solve one their given problems.

3. Student submissions may be on paper, on a poster, or use video or audio recording. If the submission is electronic, please submit it to themjames54@gmail.com by March 25, 4:00 pm in order to check the compatibility of the submission.

4. Clearly indicate the student name(s), the teacher’s name and the grade level of the student(s) on the submission.

5. Entries must be delivered as follows:

      • Electronic submissions (videos) by email to - Jim Richards at: themjames54@gmail.com by March 25, 2020. These projects will be displayed via laptop (provided) on the day of the Expo.
      • Paper or Poster submissions must be delivered to Main Street Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds between 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on March 26th, 2020.

B. Judging (Students compete within their own grade level. Awards will be given for each grade level)

1. Judging will take place on Friday, March 27th (closed to public) and winners will be announced at the STEAM Expo on Saturday, March 28th, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Awards Ceremony from 2:00-3:00pm. Students are welcome to make arrangements to attend the STEAM Expo when the winners are announced if they would like, but this is not required.

2. Students are welcome and encouraged to present their projects to fellow students, parents, teachers and community members from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020 when the Expo is open to the public. Attendees would love to hear about the projects and the thinking behind the math solutions!

3. Student Entries will be awarded points on the basis of the quality of their solution process and the clarity of their explanations—not on the basis of the method the student chooses to communicate the solution process. There is no advantage given to students that provide a video of them speaking and presenting their solution over those students who submit solutions on paper or a poster.

Criteria that will be used to award points include:

      • Reasoning is fully explained and justified and in context.
      • Both the solution method and answer are correct.
      • The explanation of the process used to determine the solution is complete and well documented—the explanation might include words, calculations, diagrams or any other material needed to fully communicate the process. There is a logical progression of ideas made to reach a conclusion.
      • Thoughts and calculations are fully explained so the reader (or viewer) can understand the student thought process.

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Richards at: themjames54@gmail.com

Important Reminders:

March 25th: Electronic Presentations must be emailed to Jim Richards at themjames54@gmail.com

March 26th: Physical Presentations must be delivered to Main Street Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds between 1:30pm-4:00pm.

Saturday, March 28th: 2:00-3:00pm at the Main Center Nevada County Fairgrounds: Awards ceremony and public viewing (students may be on hand throughout from 9am-2pm to explain their project to visitors)

Saturday, March 28th: Project removal by 3:00 p.m. Projects not claimed by 3:30 p.m. will be disposed.

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