UWO Mathematical Problem Solving Contest
Covid-19 Response Update
Our 2020 event was cancelled due to the CDC’s recommendation against in-person events of more than 50 persons. We will hold our next Contest in April 2021. All registration fees will be refunded.
The UW Oshkosh Mathematical Problem Solving Contest is designed for motivated students in grades 7-10 who show an affinity for mathematics and mathematical sciences. Our goal in establishing this event is to help spark and foster interest in young people to pursue further study and careers in mathematics and other STEM fields, and to share what the faculty and programs at UW Oshkosh have to offer.
8:00 – 8:30 am Arrival and Check-in
8:40 – 9:40 am Individual Problem Solving Contest
9:55 – 10:50 am Group Problem Solving Contest
11:00 –1:20 pm Lunch and Activities
1:30 – 2:00 pm Awards Ceremony
2:00– 2:10 pm Departure from Campus
Each student is invited to compete in a 45-minute Individual Problem-solving contest, as well as on a team of up to 4 students for the Team Problem-solving contest. The problems are written to test mathematical problem-solving skills, and will be aligned with the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. We hope that your students will find the test items to be engaging as well as challenging.
Students will compete in two divisions, one for grades 7-8 and one for grades 9-10. For the Team contest, teams should be made up of students within the same division.
Trophies and medals will be given to the individuals and teams with the top scores within each division, and trophies will be awarded to the top performing schools. Also, scholarships to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be offered to the students with the top three overall high scores in the individual contest.
After the problem-solving contests in the morning, we will offer a wide variety of programs and activities for your students to participate in on campus, including a math game show, and demonstrations and hands-on activities in Mathematics and a variety of STEM fields. Registered schools will receive an information packet via email during the week of March 18 that includes contest site information, schedule of activities, and information about signing up for optional limited-capacity sessions.
Students may (1) bring their own lunch, or (2) may purchase tickets in advance for Blackhawk Commons (all you can eat hot entrees, salad bar, hamburgers, and sandwiches, etc.) (3) may purchase lunch a la carte at the Reeve Union.
The registration fee for the contest will be only $7 per student. Students will be able to order advance lunch tickets for our cafeteria for an additional $7.
Registration will begin on February 3. We will have an early registration deadline of Friday March 6. Please register by this date to guarantee your place in the event. After March 6, we may be able to register schools on a first-come, first-served basis until our capacity is reached.
If you are traveling to Oshkosh from far away, consider staying on campus the night before the contest. Gruenhagen Conference Center serves as the on campus guest house for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus.
You are invited to call our Guest Reservations Center at 920-424-1106 if you need lodging on the night of April 22, 2020. The lodging rate is $40 per room, with 2 guests permitted per room. Visit https://uwosh.edu/gcc/home/lodging/ for more information.
We look forward to welcoming you to our campus!