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UW Oshkosh Mathematical Problem Solving Contest

The second annual University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Mathematical Problem Solving Contest, sponsored by the UWO Mathematics Department, STEM Outreach, and the Chancellor's Office, will be held on campus on Tuesday April 24, 2018.



Tuesday April 24, 2018


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.

Schedule Overview

8:20 – 8:40 am          Arrival and check-in

8:50 – 9:35  am         Individual Problem Solving Contest

9:50 10:35 am        Group Problem Solving Contest

11:00 1:30 pm         Lunch, Tours and Activities

1:40  2:10 pm          Awards Ceremonies


Contest Overview

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.


Post-contest Activities

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 demonstrations and hands-on activities in Mathematics, Biology, Physics,  Computer Science, Geology, Anthropology, Medical Technology, Engineering Technology, and Environmental Technology.


Lunch Options

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.) for just $6.25, or (3) may purchase lunch a la carte at the Reeve Union. For more information on lunch options, see the Contest Information page.


Registration Information


Registration for the 2018 contest will open on Friday February 2, 2018. We will have an early registration deadline of Friday March 2. Please register by this date to guarantee your place in the event. After March 2, we may be able to register schools on a first-come, first-served basis until our capacity is reached. The registration fee will be $7 per student, and you can order lunch tickets for our cafeteria for $6.25.

Due to the popularity of our first contest last spring and our limited facilities, we will be limiting the number of students that can register from each school. Each school may enter up to 12 students per grade or 10% of the school's enrollment per grade, whichever is higher. For example, a school that has 250 students in grade eight can register up to 25 eighth graders.  A school that has 80 students in grade eight can register up to 12 eighth graders.


Updated information about the April 2018 contest will posted prior to registration opening in February 2018.

Contact the Contest Director Eric Kuennen at kuennene at uwosh dot edu for questions about the Contest.

The links below refer to the contest that was held last April 2017.


by Kuennen, Eric W last modified Jan 15, 2018 09:58 AM


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