No MathTeamMatics in 2017

MathTeamMatics is a GVSU student run event, but there was a lack of student leadership for this program to continue. Thanks so much to all the amazing preservice teachers who have contributed thus far, and especially to the coaches and teams that have made this such a fun event. If you are interested in seeing MTM make a return, email John Golden.

The fourth annual Math-Team-Matics is in the books. 2016 saw epic problem solving and broad displays of math knowledge, leading to a championship sweep for City Middle School and City High School of Grand Rapids. (GVSU news article.) More importantly, good times and great thinking were present in abundance. See also 2015 coverage or 2014 coverage.

Audience: The event is open to teams of 5 students in 7th-10th grade. There will be a division of 7th -8th graders and division of 9th -10th graders. This is the only math competition in West Michigan that is open to middle schools!

Content for the competition will be drawn from K-8 mathematics as well as high school algebra and high school geometry. The competition will begin with individual and team competitions followed by intense head-to-head Quiz Bowl-style team competitions in the afternoon immediately followed by awards. Lunch is provided for students and coaches. Friends and family are welcome to observe the Final Quiz Bowl at 2 p.m.

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The competition is hosted by the GVSU Department of Mathematics and the Regional Math Science Center at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus. The team fees go towards prizes and a lunch for students and coaches at GVSU’s Fresh Food Company. (A cafeteria-style restaurant.)

Inquiries about reservations can be addressed to Chelsea Ridge, RMSC,, 616-331-3172 or to any of the organizers listed below. Online registration will be available closer to the date; in the past, registration closed October 31st.

The competition features four different events with original, challenging and occasionally funny problems. More detailed event rules and calculator info on Event Rules. We begin with a Team Challenge, followed by an individual test, then the Team Relay with five rounds, and the finish is 3 rounds of math Quiz-Bowl-style. Find out more at the Competition Problems or Event Rules pages.

This competition is fun and friendly, featuring creative and engaging problems to bring the mathematical practices to life and challenge the knowledge and understanding of competitors. Content for the competition is drawn from K-8 mathematics, high school algebra, and high school geometry. Additional supporters can accompany the team – a lunch at GVSU’s Fresh Express is about $8. Schools may field more than one team as space permits.

More information: Contact Chelsea Ridge, RMSC,, (616) 331-3172

Student Organizers:

Faculty Consultants:

2016 Schedule:

  • 8:00-8:30 am Registration

  • 8:30-8:45 am Group Meetings

  • 9:00-9:30 am Individual Test

  • 9:40-10:25 am Team

  • 10:35-11:05 am Quiz Bowl, Round 1

  • 11:15-12:55 Relay/Lunch

    • 11:15-12 High School lunch/ Middle School Relay

    • 12:10-12:55 High School Relay/ Middle School lunch

  • 1:05-1:35 pm QB 2

  • 1:45-2:15 pm QB 3

  • 2:30-3:15 pm Finals and Awards

The only events open to spectators are the 3 quiz bowl rounds, the quiz bowl finals, and the awards ceremony.

Images from Wikimedia, or created by John Golden, Xavier Golden and Jennifer Silverman with some assist from GeoGebra.

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