The Math Video Challenge is a national program that challenges students to develop their math, communication and technology skills in a collaborative video project. Created in 2011, it is a completely free program and is open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Students can participate through their school or through a non-school group.

Educators who register a team in this program receive what we call the Math Video Challenge Playbook, which includes detailed program information and tips on how to create a video. The Playbook also includes the 250 MATHCOUNTS problems that students use to create their videos, which are organized by math concept so educators can use the Math Video Challenge as a class project.

Find out more about the Math Video Challenge here!

Check Out Last Year's First Place Video


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Simone, Sidney, and Sierra have been told several times to stay out of their brother, Keaton's, room, but they just won't listen. When they sneak in his room to play video games, Keaton tricks them with a trap. The only way for the sisters to escape is by using their mathematical problem solving skills.

The Program in a Nutshell

How Does It Work?

The Math Video Challenge is designed to be a fairly flexible program, meaning students will spend more or less time participating in the program depending on much they decide to do with their video project.


A Typical Program Year

During the fall/winter students work in teams of 4 to create a video based on a MATHCOUNTS problem. The students must solve a math problem from this year's handbook and show a real-world application of the math concept used in the problem. Videos can be no longer than 5 minutes. Students post their completed videos to the Math Video Challenge website.

From mid-February through mid-March, the general public votes on the videos and the 100 videos with the most votes advance to the judging rounds. Students can vote for their own video as often as once a day during general public voting, and they also can ask their friends, family members and school community to vote.

A panel of expert judges reviews the top 100 videos and selects 20 semifinalists to advance to the second round of judging. Semifinalists are announced in late March; semifinalists receive certificates and recognition on the program website.

In early April, expert judges select 4 finalist videos to advance to the Math Video Challenge Finals. The 16 students who created these 4 videos, as well as each team's advisor, receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2018 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, DC, where they present their videos to the 224 Competition Series national competitors.

At the Math Video Challenge Finals in May, the 224 Mathletes at the National Competition vote to determine the First Place Video. The 4 student who created the winning video each receive a $1000 scholarship. All videos created during the contest are added to the Math Video Challenge online archive, providing a free educational tool for students and teachers.


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