Math Video Challenge
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It was a great way for students to talk about math in a new way; it created discussion inside and outside of the classroom. I really enjoyed how excited all of my students got about the videos—planning, creating and supporting their classmates.-team advisor (anonymous survey)
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The Contest in a Nutshell
The Math Video Challenge is a project-based team contest that is completely free. Students work in teams of 4 to create a video that shows a solution to a MATHCOUNTS problem in a real-world setting. The program is designed to be flexible so teams can work on videos anytime between the fall (when registration opens) and March 17 (the submission deadline). Videos are evaluated based on 5 criteria:
- Mathematical Content: Is an appropriate approach to solving the problem used? Are there any errors?
- Communication: Is the math communicated clearly and logically? Is time in the video used effectively?
- Creativity: Is the video's concept original or memorable? Does the video show imagination?
- Real-World Scenario: Does the video present a clear, real-world application of math concepts in the problem?
- Adherence to Rules: Is the video 5 minutes or less? Does it follow rules regarding copyrighted material (like music, images or video clips)? Did the students do the work themselves?
A Typical Program Year
In the fall, educators and volunteers register for the program and ensure their students have permission to participate. Registered teams receive what we call the Producers Kit, which includes the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook (the problem resource for the contest), an Offline Parent/Guardian Permission Form and a smartphone tripod to use for filming. They also have online access to numerous filmmaking resources.
Throughout the fall/winter, students work in teams of 4 to create a 3-5-minute video based on a playbook problem that shows a real-world application of the math explored in the problem. Most teams spend 10-15 hours total on their video projects, and then post the final product to the Math Video Challenge website by March 17. Prize drawings take place January 5 and February 5 for teams that submit their videos early.
In March, every video is reviewed by a panel of MATHCOUNTS judges that selects 50-100 Quarterfinalist Videos, and then 12 Semifinalist Videos and 5 Judges' Choice Videos. Quarterfinalists receive emailed certificates and entry into a prize drawing. Semifinalist teams each receive mailed certificates and 5 movie tickets. Judges' Choice winners receive mailed certificates and movie-clapper plaques in recognition of excellence in filmmaking.
In April, a panel comprised of experts in STEM, education, communications and film evaluates the 12 semifinalists videos and selects 4 teams to advance to the Math Video Challenge Finals. These 4 finalists teams receive plaques and an invitation to the online MATHCOUNTS National Competition in May, where they present their videos to the 224 Competition Series national competitors.
At the Math Video Challenge Finals, the 224 Mathletes at the National Competition vote to determine the First Place Video. The 4 students who created the winning video each receive a medal and $1,000 college scholarship.
Videos submitted during the contest are used to create the Math Video Challenge Video Spotlight, a free online educational resource for teachers and students. During the contest window, every submitted video is posted on the program website; videos are categorized by math topic, and users also can sort by difficulty or standard.