Activities/contests

Each student attending the convention will be classified in one of two divisions.

OPEN DIVISION students will be those who have completed any advanced mathematics course beyond Algebra II, such as Trigonometry or Calculus, or any other math course offered at universities. (Current Framework standards will be used as guidelines).

JUNIOR DIVISION includes all other students, including those currently enrolled in Algebra II or Geometry.  

*Please note the new area test divisions for this year; the topics have been changed to reflect MS College Readiness Standards.


SUBJECT AREA TESTS

JUNIOR DIVISION TESTS: Algebra II, Geometry

OPEN DIVISION TESTS: Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, College Algebra, Calculus, Statistics

*A student who takes a test out of his division will be ineligible for an award for that test.

  • Each student can only take one test.  
  • The area tests are composed of no more than 25 multiple-choice questions chosen from one topic area. 
  • Calculators are NOT allowed in this event.
  • If there is a tie, the order the tied tests were turned in will be used to determine the final winner. Tests will be numbered in the order in which students turn them in.

RELAY

This 4-person relay team (must have 4) will be geared for speed and accuracy. The students will be seated in order in a row. 

They will receive problems in the following order.

Seat 1: Geometry/Algebra 

Seat 2: Algebra II

Seat 3: Trigonometry/Precalculus 

Seat 4: Calculus

Seat 1 will solve for variable A, pass the solution back to Seat 2, who inserts the solution for A into his problem and solves for variable B. Seat 2 passes his result to Seat 3, who inserts the B value into his problem and solves for C. Seat 3 passes his result to Seat 4 who inserts the C value into his problem and solves for D. Students may not talk but may return an answer to the previous seat if they believe the value is wrong and want it to be checked. When the person in Seat 4 gets a final value, the answer sheet is submitted for scoring. Calculators are allowed in this event.There will be no final round.


POTPOURRI

Each school may enter a team for this test (up to 4 members). This test consists of a variety of questions from various math subjects. Calculators are allowed in this event.There will be no final round.


HUSTLE
The Hustle will consist of a team of up to 4 students. The members of the team can include no more than two students from any of the three ciphering divisions. The 4 members will have five different eight-minute rounds to sort through 125 questions. The questions will come from 5 mathematical areas and will be color-coded for each area. The areas are the following: (1) algebra & geometry, (2) Algebra II, (3) trigonometry, (4) advanced math & calculus, and (5) statistics, data analysis, probability. Each round will require that the team submit no more than 5 questions of a given area (color) up to a maximum of 24 questions per team. Calculators are allowed in this event.There will be no final round.

CIPHERING

Up to 8 individuals can compete in Round 1. There are three divisions of Ciphering: Junior Division Ciphering consisting of Algebra II and Geometry; Intermediate Division Ciphering consisting of Probability and Statistics, College Algebra, and Pre-calculus and Trigonometry; and Advanced Ciphering consisting of all Intermediate Ciphering topics and Calculus. Students may "Cipher up but cannot Cipher down". Ciphering questions are short-answer. You will be given a maximum of 2 minutes to answer each question. If you answer the question correctly within one minute, you get 4 points. If you answer the question correctly within the second minute, you get two points. The top 4 scoring students for the ten highest scoring schools will advance (from the first round) to the final round. Calculators are NOT allowed in this event.


INTERSCHOOL
The Interschool Test is the oldest event of the competition and should give your chapter a real sense of school spirit. The Interschool Test is a short-answer test composed of a variety of challenging problems chosen from all of the topic areas. A chapter’s Interschool team may consist of up to 25 students. Teams may bring reference materials into the test (such as textbooks). Each school participating in the Interschool Test is asked to bring a sealed ream of paper. Calculators are allowed in this event.

CHALK TALK
Chalk-Talk consists of a five minute presentation session and a two minute question-and-answer session. Participants should prepare their presentation before the convention and are required to submit an outline of their presentation at the registration desk. During chalk talk, students are only allowed to use a 3 x 5 notecard for their presentation. However, this year we will also provide a whiteboard and markers for them to use if they so choose.  Only one Chalk-Talk entry is allowed per school. The Chalk Talk topic for the 2018 Convention is “Mapmatics: Travel, Culture, and Math”.


SCRAPBOOK
  1. Each scrapbook must have the school name and year placed visibly on the front cover and be no more than 2 ft. x 2 ft. x 6 in.

  2. Only scrapbooks or portions of scrapbooks dealing with chapter activities since the convention of 2017 will be judged.

  3. Each chapter is responsible for retrieving its own scrapbook at the end of convention.

  4. Scrapbooks must be new and display the year and words or symbols for Mu Alpha Theta.


VIDEO
  1. Each school may submit one video. To be judged, the video may not exceed 3 minutes long

  2. The video should be relevant to the current year's theme: "Mapmatics: Travel, Culture, and Math".

  3. The video, including the filming process, should be competed by the students only. The video should be approved by a sponsor.

  4. Videos should present the topic in a positive manner.

  5. There should be NO mention of the school's name or frames of the campus.

  6. Your video must be in the file format .mov or .mpv ONLY. Videos not in this format will be disqualified.

  7. Any violence, alcohol, or language/behavior deemed inappropriate by the judges will result in disqualification.

  8. Submissions should be emailed to David Wilbanks at dwilbanks@madison-schools.com. Deadline for submission is March 2, 2018.


BANNER
  1. All banners should be completed by students ONLY. School names should NOT be on the front of the banner, but they must be placed on the back (permanent marker can be used). Banners that do not have the school name on the back will be disqualified.

  2. Banners will be judged on the criteria of relevance to math, creativity, neatness, and attractiveness, with greater emphasis placed on the relevance to math and creativity.

  3. Banners must not exceed the size of 3 ft. x 4 ft. x 4 in. or they will not be judged.

  4. All banners must be made of fabric and on a rod and cord, ready to be hung.

  5. All banners must be new and display the year and words or symbols for Mu Alpha Theta.


LOGO
  1. Designs should be submitted as a digital file (jpeg, png, etc.) at the highest resolution possible.

  2. The design should be digitalized -not hand drawn- so that it can be used as a website logo and as a banner.

  3. Designs will be judged on the criteria of relevance to math and to the theme, creativity, neatness, and attractiveness, and with a greater emphasis placed on the positive relevance to math and creativity.

  4. The words or symbols for Mu Alpha Theta must  be displayed along with the date -April 15-16, 2018- and "2018 State Convention".

  5. Any violence, alcohol, or language/behavior deemed inappropriate by the judges will result in disqualification.

  6. The design should be student work only.

  7. The winning design will be turned into a vinyl banner to be awarded to the school of the winning design.

  8. Submissions should be emailed to David Wilbanks at dwilbanks@madison-schools.com. Deadline for submission is March 2, 2018.





All students participating in the state convention must be active members of a chapter. 

State dues must be paid before a registration packet may be sent to the school.



Last Year's Winning Logo design


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Convention theme: Puz-solved! THe Mathematics of Puzzles & Games

Location






April 7-8, 2018

Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi

200 S Capitol St, Clinton, MS 39058

Photos from 2014 State Convention: Pythagorean Paradise