Local Contests

Pentagames: Contact Cheryl Klampe-Van Hess, (503) 749-1918 or
Pentagames is a math contest for seventh and eighth graders.The five-event contest consists of Math Tac Toe, 35-minus, CR2 (Compare, Revise, Revise), Solve That Problem and finally the Math Relay. Membership dues are expected in November and the competition will be held on April 22, 2016 at various sites around the state. The Pentagames website can be found at:

Southern Oregon Math League (SOML): The Southern Oregon Math League was established in 1971 by SOU professor Ron Steffani and high school teachers from Jackson County. SOML conducts 5 math competitions for students in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Curry counties throughout the year (October, November, February, March, and April). Local high schools form up to 3 teams of 6 junior and senior advanced math students and the competition includes 3 individual events followed by a team collaboration. In 2011, 200 students participated. Past SOML Contest problems are posted in the SOU Math Department's website. For a complete listing of SOML activities and past problems, go to For more information about the contest contact Larry Shrewsbury .

Oregon High School Regional and State Math Contests

Oregon Invitational Math Tournament (OIMT):  The Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament for high school students is held in May. In recent years, the competition has also included a team/group activity for part of the day.  Top students in the categories of Geometry, Algebra 2, Open 1 (through pre-calculus) and Open 2 (through calculus) receive an award.  The 2016 contest will be held at Portland State University on May 14.  For more information visit their contest site at

Oregon High School Regional Math Contests:  Local community colleges and universities around the state host regional contests on various dates in March and April. These contests serve as the qualifiers for the Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament in May. A list of the regional sites and contact person at each site follows.

Central Oregon CC
Doug Nelson 541-383-7724

Chemeketa CC
Wayne Barber 503-399-8670

Clackamas CC
Kurt Lewandowski 503-594-3333

Clatsop CC
Liz Hylton 503-338-2507

Lane CC
Stephen Selph 541-463-5127

Linn-Benton CC
Noella Grady 541-917-4627

Portland CC
Kandace Kling 971-722-7605

Southwestern Oregon CC
Sean Hutcherson  541- 888-7254

Treasure Valley CC
Pat Rhodes  541- 881-5935

Umpqua CC
Dee Winn  541-440 -4600

Oregon Institute of Technology
Terri Torres  541- 885-1612

Eastern Oregon University
Amy Yielding  541-962-3300


National Contests

WHO WANTS TO BE A MATHEMATICIAN? In the American Mathematical Association game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions. The cash prize in each game is donated by the AMS. For more information or visit the American Mathematical Society website at

MATHCOUNTS: This is a coaching and competition program for middle school students nationwide. The website is an exciting adventure, including problems of the week, Go Figure! math challenge, a set of 300 problems to solve, and other very useful materials. Particularly exciting was the ESPN broadcast of the 2003 National Competition.

Stephen Anderson
Oregon State MATHCOUNTS President, Oregon Chapter


AMC:pd For over 50 years, the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) has been dedicated to the goal of strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation's youth. There is a series of national contests called AMC 8, AMC 10, AMC 12, the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), and the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). Each year the AMC solicits enrollment by mailing an Invitation Brochure to all schools in the United States teaching grades six through twelve. The top performers on the AMC receive an invitation to the state contest.,spon,dir/dir/amc1012dir.html

Lure of the Labyrinth Challenge:  A free online math challenge for grades 6–8. While playing Lure of the Labyrinth, students use mathematical thinking skills to progress through a compelling graphic-novel story.
The Challenge invites groups of 4–6 students to collaborate in a safe, teacher-moderated environment to strategize and problem-solve with others.  There is no cost involved to participate in the challenge, which runs from April 1 – June 15. Since the game is web-based, students can play at home or at school, in the classroom, computer lab, library, or after-school program. Teachers have the option of integrating corresponding lessons into their classroom activities but it is not required. Visit to pre-register for the Challenge.

Mandelbrot Competition: The aim of the Mandelbrot Competition since its inception fourteen years ago has been to provide a challenging, engaging mathematical experience which is both competitive and educational. The contest has grown to two levels (and three leagues) encompassing students from across the United States and several foreign countries.

Moody's Mega Math Challenge: The Moody's Mega Math Challenge problem is an open-ended, applied math modeling problem focused on a real-world issue.  Moody's and SIAM are interested in improving the pipeline of young people going into applied mathematics, finance, and economics (among other subjects) and encourage students to participate in this contest as an educational process.

Girl Scouts, Girls Go Tech: Dedicated to providing information and experiences about how math, science and technology play an important part in our lives, this is an exciting website to explore. Careers that use math, science and technology are featured on the website. In addition, be sure to try the games. The Mandela creator and the music composer are both excellent!

American Statistical Poster and Project Competition: New Webinar on Working with K-12 Students to Create a Statistics Poster. Introduce students to statistics through the annual poster and project competitions. For teachers and students submitting entries to the poster competition, the ASA has posted the webinarWorking with K-12 Students to Create a Statistics Poster presented by John Gabrosek and Neal Rogness of Grand Valley State University. This instructional webinar gives tips on selecting a topic, collecting data, graphically displaying the data, communicating the message, and avoiding common pitfalls. The deadline for both competitions is always April 1. For more information on the poster and project competitions and to view the recorded webinar, visit:

Perennial Math: Perennial Math is a competition for grades 4-8 with separate competition levels for grades 4-6 and grades 7-8. A team can register up to 30 students and students
may register individually if their school is not participating. The
competition consists of 5 monthly tests beginning in November and ending
in March. Each test has five questions and takes 30 minutes to complete.

Mail-in Math Leagues

Math League: The Math League specializes in math contests, books, and computer software designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school.

Over 1 million students participate in Math League contests each year. Contest problems are designed to cover a range of mathematical knowledge for each grade level.

Atlantic Pacific Math League: This is a series of six tests administered locally by interested teachers. Each test is six questions with a 30 minute time limit for taking the test. The teacher in charge mails the results back to the company and they then publish results and standings throughout the year. These contests are available at middle school and high school levels. Atlantic Pacific Math Leagues:

Continental Mathematics League, Inc.: This is a series of three to five tests (determined by grade level) administered locally by interested teachers. Each test has 6-8 questions with a prescribed time limit for taking the test. The teacher in charge mails the results back to the company and they then publish results and standings throughout the year. These contests are available from second grade through calculus and a computer division. Continental Mathematics League, P.O. Box 5477, Hauppauge, New York 11788-0121

Math League Press: This is a one-time contest for grades 4-8 and a series of six tests for high schools administered locally by interested teachers. Each test is to be completed in 30 minutes. The teacher in charge scores the tests and awards the prizes. Contests are for intra-school use, not inter-school competition. No results are published. Math League Press, P.O., Box 720, Tenafly, New Jersey 07670

National Mathematics League: Includes middle, junior high and high school competitions in 6 different divisions. Consists of 5 contests beginning in January. National Mathematics League, P.O. Box 9459, Coral Springs, Florida 33075

Northwest Science Expo: The Science Expo web site is, and has links to past years' winners and prizes, including the prizes in the math category. Every entry at the Oregon Intel science fair is judged for effective use of statistical methods. Separate prizes are offered in both middle school and high school divisions.