Math Madness is a team-based event that takes place during the fall in which hundreds of middle schools and high schools from across the country compete to be national champions.
Math Madness is an event held in the fall, one for middle school teams (6th-8th) and one for high school teams (9th-12th). To participate, a teacher must activate a free ClassMatch account, create a team once logged into the account, and then register that team on the Events page inside the account. Math Madness opens the week of October 2nd and runs as follows: 2 qualifying rounds, 2 collaboration rounds, followed by a maximum of 6 single elimination bracket rounds. Every round lasts 1 week and every match involves 2 teams. All matches are 30 minutes in length and all students from the same team must play simultaneously.
A team can compete at any time during the week, each round starting Sunday morning and ending Saturday night. It can change its time to play during the week and from week to week, as well as the players it fields each week. If a team chooses the same time to play as its opponent, the match is live with team score updating in real time. If teams cannot find a common time to compete, then each team plays at a time convenient for it, with the winner displayed after both teams have played. Team score is calculated by summing the top 5 individual scores of the given team. Each match includes 7-8 MC and fill-in-the-blank questions aligned with traditional AMC content, AMC 8 for the middle school event and AMC 10/12 for the high school event. Students are not restricted to a specific time length for answering any given question. Questions and solutions are furnished to all teams once the match/round is over.
With data taken from the practice round, teams are matched for subsequent rounds, first by skill and then by common time availability so that they can play live. Data from the 2 qualifying rounds are used to determine bracket assignments. The top 64 teams are assigned to the Elite bracket. Remaining teams are then evenly placed in additional brackets based on team size, with all teams competing in a bracket. Within each bracket, teams are sorted by skill and seeded accordingly, following NCAA March Madness protocol.
The two collaboration rounds are meant to be informal. Teachers are asked to divide their team into mini-teams, assigning 1 student to sign on and input answers on behalf of each mini-team. The members of each mini-team are free to discuss each question together. Mini-teams are composed of no more than 3 students and no less than 2.
Those teams that are eliminated from a bracket can nonetheless extend their season. With ClassMatch, a teacher can challenge another team to a match or divide his/her team into multiple teams that play against each other. This functionality is accessed on the Create Match page inside a teacher’s ClassMatch account. Content from the 2016 season will be made available to 2016 Math Madness participants to fuel this additional competitive activity as the season progresses.
The week of Thanksgiving is an off-week. Students may use calculators. Please register by September 30th to be included in the official opening round. Late registrations will be accepted until October 21st. In the pricing area below, a player is defined as a unique individual who plays at least once during the event. Price accommodation is available upon request and as needed. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or call 312-952-0436.
The idea behind Math Madness is to create a structure that motivates students throughout the entirety of a school semester, one of enough time duration and frequency that students can observe actual progress, and in turn, amplify their efforts to continue on that path.
Modeling the event in part after the popular NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament, the hope is that it will be more easily understood and embraced by the public, and as a result, that students will eventually receive the same recognition and support that athletes do to fuel their efforts.