What is the idea behind The SumThingsUp Challenge?

An innovative contest in its inaugural year, the SumThingsUp Challenge is judged by 3rd, 4th, and 5th, graders throughout the Los Angeles, CA area and beyond, challenging mathematicians at every level – from graduate students to senior researchers and full professors – to answer and communicate familiar yet complex concepts in a way that is understandable to a child in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade.  There is a contest question for each grade, and entering mathematicians will choose which question they will answer, and submit either a short video or a short graphics presentation.  The SumThingsUp Challenge offers a $500 cash prize for mathematicians in each of the three categories.  There will also be a $250 cash prize for each of the three runners-up.

WHAT ARE THE SORTS OF QUESTIONS THAT MIGHT BE ASKED?

  • GRADE 3:  What is area?
  • GRADE 4:  What is the smallest fraction?
  • GRADE 5:  What are prime numbers, and why are they important?

 

                   The official questions for the 2017 Contest will be announced around late October, 2017.

 

MATHEMATICIANS:  Submit your entries by January 31st:

 

Mathematicians, if you’re interested in entering your visual or written entry entry in one of the three divisions of the contest, please use the form on the For Mathematicians page.

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