The 16th Annual Invitational

Rich Morrow Math Challenge

To be Held: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

We had an exciting event last year, and we are hoping to see all the schools this year

Registrations for the 2016 event are open now!

Belleview - Black Forest Hills - Canyon Creek - Challenge - Cimmaron - Cottonwood Creek - Creekside - Eastridge Community - Fox Hollow - Greenwood - Heritage - High Plains - Highline - Homestead - Independence - Meadow Point - Mission Viejo - Pine Ridge - Polton - Red Hawk Ridge - Sagebrush - Summit - Village East - Walnut Hills

Challenge School

Cherry Creek School District, Denver CO

The Competition

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

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.

Team Round

In this round each grade-level team works together to solve a set of problems. The 3rd and 4th graders have 12 questions, and the 5th graders have 15 questions. Teams may work together - for example, the three 5th grades might say "I'll do #1-5, you do #6-10, and you do #11-15." The team members might work to check each other's work, or brainstorm on solutions for tougher problems.

Relay 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.

The event ends with a grand award ceremony to recognize the outstanding students for their achievements. With 120 trophies awarded, you will be amazed to discover just how many dimensions there are to recognizing and rewarding the talents of our budding mathematicians!

The dedicated community of Challenge School teachers, parents and middle-school students volunteer many hours to plan and organize the event. A modest entry fee is charged per student to cover the costs. Scholarships are available to students who are unable to pay the entry fee.


Event Information

Watch this space for information about this year's event.

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.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

@ Smoky Hill High School, Aurora CO

Volunteer Check-in: 7:00 AM

Team Check-in: 8:30 AM

Student Check-in Deadline: 8:45 AM

Competition Begins: 9:00 AM sharp

Lunch Served: 12:00 PM

Mock MATHCOUNTS Competition: 12:30 PM

Award Ceremony: 1:00 PM



Please sign-up for volunteering at: SignUpGenius.

Forms and Practice Material

The practice material for upcoming competion is availble to download freely here: Study Material

The school registration is online, but just in case you need the paper registration form please contact Matt Bixby