For almost fifty years, San Diego Middle School Math Field Day has consisted of a single competition comprising of multiple "events." Each event is of a different format, ranging from calculator problems to puzzles to solve. They encompass broad-ranging topics, such as pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and logical reasoning.
In the 2017 competition, there were nine events and a maximum of fifteen individuals from each school. Each student will select exactly one event to represent their school. Students may not select more than one event. Schools may only send one student (or group of students if a team event) to each event. Most events will take up to one hour to complete; some are individual-based, and others are team-based. Note that students must provide their own pencils, erasers, or calculators (if permitted).
Most events are open to all grades; however, some events are limited to only lower grades to generate fair competition. Attached to each event is a number specifying the highest grade level a student can be in to enter the event. Sixth graders can enter in all events, seventh graders can enter in events labeled 7, 8, or 9, eighth graders can enter in events labeled 8 or 9, and ninth graders can only enter in events labeled 9.
Math Field Day 2017 consisted of the following events ranging from most difficult to least: Tri-Team Attack 9 (team of 3), Tea Party Relay 8 (team of 3), Math Wits 8, Math Bowl 7, Mad Hatter 8, Mad Hatter 7, Win Lose or Draw 8 (team of 2), Sudoku 8, and Dynamic Duo 6 (team of 2).
Each event is given a certain number of points that are aggregated to determine a school's performance. Based on how well each participant scored in a specific event, points will be added to the school's score as a whole. For instance, Tri-Team Attack is scored as 50 points in increments of 5. This means that if one team is in first place, their school will earn 50 points; the second place team will earn 45 points, the third place team will earn 40 points, and so on. (Dynamic Duo will not be scored.)
The top 6 individuals or teams for each event will be awarded. The top 3 individuals of each event will be presented medals, and the rest of the awardees will be presented ribbons.
For overall schools, the participants representing the top 3 schools will be awarded medals, and the top 3 schools will receive trophies to be displayed.
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