NATIONAL MATH CLUB

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NATIONAL MATH CLUB

A national program that gives students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to engage with math in a non-competitive, social environment.
 
Registration is closed for 2023-2024.

Check back in August to register for 2024-2025!

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The National Math Club is designed to be flexible so many types of groups can participate. We provide game instructions, math explorations, problem sets and monthly challenges that can be enjoyed by students of all skill levels.

Click the buttons to the left to learn a little more about the 4 different types of activities provided.

Games

Build problem solving and math skills, and can be scaled up or down in difficulty to be accessible to all students. These often do not even feel like math to the players, so they're a great way to reach students who think math is boring or intimidating.

Example: Salute is a fun 3-person card game...and also secretly algebra! Two players face each other and each draw a card without looking at it and place it on their own forehead. A third student, the referee, tells the players the sum or product of their 2 cards. The player who figures out their own card first wins the round.

Explorations

Go in depth with various math topics and give students the opportunity to collaborate on hands-on and interactive math activities. These are great for students to build their number sense and math literacy in a way that is fun and unintimidating.

Example: A-maze-ing Fractions explores adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing by fractions. Students are given a maze that starts with the number 1. They navigate the maze by choosing paths with various operations (multiply by 1/2, divide by 1/8, etc.) with the goal of getting to the end of the maze with the greatest possible number.

Problem Sets

Target specific skills or are themed. These activities are a great way for students to practice specific skills or just to celebrate holidays with unique math problems that are fun to solve.

Example: For our Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sep. 19) problem set, students dress up in their favorite pirate gear and go on a treasure hunt around their school, solving pirate-themed problems like this... "The ratio of pirates to parrots on Captain Sharkface's ship is 3:2. There are 28 parrots on the ship. What is the total number of pirates and parrots combined on Sharkface's ship? Arrrr!"

Monthly Challenges

Five-problem sets each month to keep your students engaged year-round with new content.

Thank you for creating a club atmosphere where my students can enjoy playing together and improving their math skills. This was time very well-spent.
club leader (anonymous survey)
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A Typical Program Year
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Schools and non-school groups register in the fall and club leaders run fun, informal math club meetings using free resources provided by MATHCOUNTS, including a mailed kit of materials and dozens of online math games, explorations and problem sets.

All Year Long

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Clubs that meet a minimum of 5 times during the program year can achieve Silver Level Status and earn recognition on the MATHCOUNTS website. Silver Level clubs also earn prizes for their math club students, including a pennant, pencils and certificates, plus entry into a $100 prize drawing (20 winners selected).

Prize Deadline:
April 15, 2025

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Silver Level clubs that complete a creative, collaborative Gold Level Project can achieve Gold Level Status and earn recognition on the MATHCOUNTS website. Gold Level clubs also earn prizes for their math club students, including a banner, pencils and certificates, plus entry into a $200 prize drawing (5 winners selected).

Prize Deadline:
April 15, 2025

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9 outstanding Gold Level Projects will be chosen by a group of volunteers from MATHCOUNTS sponsor organizations to be on the Gold Level Honor Roll. These clubs will win $250 for their club, certificates and special recognition on the MATHCOUNTS website.

Prize Deadline:
April 15, 2025