Competition Fostering Mathematical Problem Solving and Technical Writing Skills
The USA Mathematical Talent Search(USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all US middle school and high school students. Unlike most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month, or more, to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Students may use any materials—books, calculators, computers—but all the work must be their own. Mathematicians grade students’ solutions to the problems and return their comments to students. The competition not only fosters insight, ingenuity, and creativity; it also promotes perseverance, which is equally essential in scientific endeavors. The 2019–2020 Round 2 Problems and Round 1 Solutions are now available. Students are welcome to participate in Round 2 even if they did not complete Round 1. The USAMTS is a program of the nonprofit Art of Problem Solving Initiative.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors. The competition provides a forum for original research that is recognized and reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists.
For nearly 40 years, the National Science Foundation, on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, has honored STEM teachers nationwide for both their deep content knowledge and their ability to motivate students.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K–12 STEM educators in public, private, and charter schools. PAEMSTawardees, of which there are up to two per state and jurisdiction honored each year, receive a certificate signed by the President; a $10,000 award; a paid trip to Washington, DC; and access to a nationwide cadre of award-winning teachers.
The award alternates yearly between K–6 and 7–12 grades. In the academic year 2022–2023, members of the public can nominate a teacher at the 7–12 level. Teachers may also apply themselves. Nominations are due by January 9, 2023, and applications are due by February 6, 2023. Learn more at www.paemst.org.
Founded by a former math teacher and school leader, Black Girls Love Math (BGLM) uses a research-based approach to create an engaging, encouraging, and culturally conscious space for Black girls to explore and discover math.