Every year outstanding students from Cherry Creek School District Elementary Schools are invited to participate in one of the most exciting math contests on the planet. It is a great opportunity for students to enjoy fun math challenges and connect with other gifted math students throughout the district. For participating schools, it provides an excellent motivator to encourage excellence in mathematics and STEM education. The Math Challenge is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.
Each participating school selects one team of nine (9) students to
represent their school at the contest.
Specifically, a team consists of three mathematicians each from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.
The young mathematicians compete individually and as a team. The competition consists of three rounds. For each round, the students will have 30 minutes to work. In general, knowing "math basics" is important, but probably MORE important is having good "problem-solving skills," and being ready to persevere through tough problems. It's also important not to get stuck on certain questions--students need to work for a minute or two on tough problems, then move on (they should think "Maybe I can get the next one!"). Students should always remember that it's a "contest," not a "test," so there's no way to "fail" it. Almost all the questions will be challenging, and they should just try to get as many right as they can.
Individual round involves answering multiple-choice questions.
The 3rd graders get 25 questions, and the 4th and 5th grader get 35 multiple-choice questions to answer in 30 minutes.
Speed and accuracy is of utmost importance in achieving higher scores in this round.
This is the most FUN and EXCITING round! There are 15 questions, and each question is split into three parts, which each grade level will work on. When one grade level finishes their part, they will "relay" it to another grade level in another classroom.
To get a question right, the school must get each of the three parts correct.
Once the competion is over the participants, coaches and parents enjoy the lunch and gather in the auditorium to witness and participate in a mock MATHCOUNTS competition, whereby each school chooses representatives to participate in a mock Countdown Round.
In the meanwhile, the team of volunteers score the entries and tabulate the results.
Over years the competition has grown so much in popularity that we
are no longer able to organize the event in the Challenge School
premises. This year's event will be held at the Smoky Hill High
School in Aurora, CO.
Scroll down to view the event location on the map and obtain driving directions.