Two teams of high school students from the Suncoast Polytechnical High School and the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SPHS/SCTI), competed this past Saturday, March 2, 2013, in the National, Moody Mega Math M3 Challenge Competition.
The following students not only met and completed the challenge, but did so in a collaborative and professional manner. Please join us in congratulating them on a job well done, and on representing both Suncoast Polytechnical, and SCTI in a great manner.
- Helen Liu
- Sammi Peace
- Miranda Londonno
- Connor Weber
- Oliver Jones
- Sean Conquest
- Jorge Carrasco
- Sheldon McCloud
- Matthew Ellinwood
These students worked and collaborated from 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The teams were given a real- world situation to solve and spent the day at SPHS reflecting, researching, hypothesizing, writing, editing, and finally submitting their thoughts in the form of a research, written proposal.
Their Coach, Mr. Ricardo Bellón, is very proud of all who participated!
A "Thank You" goes out to parents, staff, SPHS Principal, Mr. Terry and Assistant Principal, Mr. Bazenas who have supported and helped with this project.
Moody's Math Challenge (M3 Challenge) is an applied mathematics competition for high school students. This 14 hour event is sponsored by the Moody Foundation and the S.I.A.M. organization house in Manhattan, and Philadelphia respectively.
This is an annual, national scholarship competition with a potential of $150,000.00 dollars in scholarship for continuing education! A partnership of The Moody's Foundation and SIAM, the competition spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society, and a viable and exciting profession.
The challenge is entirely internet-based. Each high school may enter up to two teams of three to five junior and/or senior students. Students choose which day they wish to work on Challenge weekend and have 14 hours (7:00am to 9:00pm) to solve an open-ended, realistic, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-world issue. Teams can work from any location they choose and can use any free and publicly available resources, but they may not discuss any aspect of the problem with, or seak help from, their coach or anyone other than their teammates via any medium.
Panels of PH.D.-level applied mathematicians serve as judges in the three rounds of judging.
Coaches and teams will be notified in April of the judging results. The top six prize-winnign teams receive scholarship awards ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, which are divided equally among team members and paid directly to the colleges or universities at which the winning students enroll. Semi-finalist and honorable mention winners (more than 50 awards) receive team prizes of $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.
Good luck to all of the students who participated, as they anxiously await the challenge results!
For more information, check out the M3 Challenge website