Frequently Asked Questions
What is the registration fee?
In order to pay for costs of the competition (ie prizes, trophies, food, etc), we request a small fee of $4 per student. You can also pre-order Math Field Day shirts for $7 per shirt.
**If your school believes this registration fee will be a challenge, please fill out the contact form and we will work with your school to waive/reduce the fee. We strongly believe that all students should be able to participate in Math Field Day regardless of financial circumstance and we will award scholarships in order to allow as many students as possible to participate.
How many events are there?
There are a total of nine events; each event ranges from puzzle-oriented competitions such as Sudoku to more serious testing contests such as Math Wits. Most events are individual-based, but there are also some which require two or more teammates to represent a school. If a school wishes to participate in a certain event, it MUST send the required number of students for that event. For instance, for Tri-Team Attack, we will only accept one team from one school of exactly three students.
How many students may attend?
The maximum number of students one school may send is 15. There is however, no minimum requirement. Schools may send fewer than 15 students, so they do not need to participate in all events. However, one student (or team depending on the style of event) may only represent his or her school in ONE event, as each of the nine events will take place during the same time period.
Can we bring younger students from our feeder school to participate in the event?
Unfortunately schools cannot bring students from feeder schools. Feeder schools are allowed to form their own team to participate. Note: scores from Dynamic Duo, the only event that is limited to 6th grade students, do not count towards team overall scores, only for individual awards.
My child wants to participate but my school isn't sending a team. Can we still participate?
Students must be sponsored by a school to participate in Math Field Day. If your school does not have a team you can contact a school representative to sponsor your attendance.
Can many students from one school all attend the same event?
Schools are not allowed to assign more than one student for a single individual event. For instance, schools may only send in one student for Mad Hatter 8, or a team of three for Tri-Team Attack (9). This is because we would like to ensure equal competition, along with encouraging schools to participate in other events as well.
What do the numbers included in the event name mean?
The numbers are the highest grade levels that may enter that event. For example, Dynamic Duo (6) can only be entered by 6th graders but Tea Party Relay (9) can be entered by anyone in grades 6-9. Events are listed by difficulty level as well so we recommend teachers place students in appropriate events, using the numbers as guidelines if needed.
What are the awards of Math Field Day?
Awards will be handed out for the top 6 individuals (or teams depending on type of event) per event, while top 3 school awards will be handed out as well (overall school scores are based on cumulative individual performances in each event). Many of the awards have been made possible by the generous donations of our sponsors!
What should students bring to the competition?
Students are expected to bring their own calculators if certain events allow calculators. It is also recommended for them to bring pencils, a water bottle, snacks, and money. We will provide scratch paper for the competition. There will also be a snack bar and pizza stand for students to buy food in between the event testing and the awards ceremony.
How can we practice for the competition?
Problem sets from previous years are available on this website! We recommend that you work on some of these problems in preparation for Math Field Day. Other events such as Tea Party Relay, may be modeled off of other math competitions (ARML Relay) as well.
On the day of the competition, what will the students do after testing and before the awards ceremony?
After events finish at around 10:30 am, students will be on break, and can buy snacks or pizza from the snack bar. Around 11:30, when the Math Wits event has been graded, participants, parents, and coaches will all meet in the gym, where the Math Wits Final will be held. This is a buzzer-style test, where top 5 students from the initial Math Wits event will compete.
When will the awards ceremony finish?
The schedule varies every year, depending on the number of delays and breaks throughout the competition. We are expecting this year's awards ceremony to finish before 2:00 pm, so students can be picked up from the garage at that time.
We are more than happy to hear your concerns. Feel free to let us know!