Math competition seeks students to participate

Posted Nov. 02, 2010, at 10:25 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Fourth- through eighth-grade students in Maine are invited to participate in the American Mathematics Competitions being held Nov. 16 in Presque Isle, Bangor and Portland.

Home-schooled students and students from public and private schools are all invited to participate.

The competition, put on by the Mathematical Association of America, is the longest running and most prestigious mathematics challenge in the United States, according to Eva Szillery, MAA AMC state director. The event is the only way for a student to qualify for the USA Mathematical Olympiad. The mission of the competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition.

Students ages 8 to 14½ can participate for free, since the registration has been paid by Husson University, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Southern Maine.

The competition will begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at all three locations, with students able to participate at the site most convenient for them:

• Presque Isle — in the large lecture hall in Folsom Hall at UMPI.

• Bangor — in the Libra Room (Room 114) in the Commons Building at Husson University.

• Portland — in Payson Smith Hall Room 303 at USM.

Places are limited. For more information or to register, call or e-mail Szillery at or at 356-0207.

An electronic brochure with important contest information and sample problems is available online at: More sample problems are available at: on pages 11-19.

Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty. In addition, students gain the opportunity to achieve and compare themselves through competition with students in their school and schools around the U.S., Canada and several other participating countries.

AMC is a nationwide competition. The problems are mailed in a sealed envelope to contest site locations, where the proctor conducts the test and returns the students’ work to the AMC headquarters for evaluation.