Thursday, November 17, 2016

Math Competitions


'Tis the season to think about math competitions!  I have a student who really enjoys math and solving challenging problems.  (I also have students who are surviving math, and not so into it.)  Over that last few years I have attended several math competitions, and the following are two that I recommend for high school students.

OCTM (Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics) has a state-wide competition on February 25, 2017 this year.  The test is given at over 25 locations across the state of Ohio and it costs only $5 to participate.  It is an interesting test with a wide variety of questions as well.  The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a delight to work with!  They are very open to homeschoolers.  If you place in the top 1% of those taking the test you go on to compete in Columbus, OH at the OHMIO (Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad) on April 1, 2017.

The American Mathematics Association offers the AMC 10/12.  This is a 25 question 75 minute exam.  It is offered on February 7, 2017 and February 15, 2017 this year.  The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are the gateways to bigger AMA competitions including the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics  Exams), USAMO or USAJMO (USA Mathematical Olympiad or USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad).

These tests are not as easy to get into as home educators, but it is possible.  The easiest thing to do in the state of Ohio is to try to take it at a college.  Below are places that gave the test last year.  It might be worth it to write them if you are interested.  You can request to take it at a location of your choice but you must have a proctor not related to any student, have the test in a public location, and be approved by the American Mathematics Association. 


Clark State Community College
570 East Leffel Lane
Springfield, OH 45505
United States
Kanesha Hall
hallk@clarkstate.edu
(937)215-2926

ST IGNATIUS HIGH SCHOOL
1911 W 30TH ST
CLEVELAND, OH 44113-3401
United States
Jon Barker
jbarker@ignatius.edu
216-651-0222

The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
100 Math Tower
231 West 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
Aurel Stan
stan.7@osu.edu
419-961-6088

University of Findlay
1000 N Main St
Findlay, OH 45840
United States
Aaron
blodgett@findlay.edu
419-422-8313

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