2019-20 Modeling the Future Challenge

Ages:High School

Type:Submission

Categories:Environment, Mathematics, Science, STEM

Scope:National

Registration Opens
Sep 23, 2019 7:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Nov 22, 2019 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

The Modeling the Future Challenge is a real-world math-modeling and data-analysis competition for high school students. To compete, students analyze real-world data to project future trends and make recommendations to help mitigate risks. Join the challenge to put your critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and analytical skills to the test! You will also have a shot at your part of the $60,000 award purse!

The 2019-20 MTF Challenge theme is "Agriculture, Water, and Climate Change."  In the Modeling the Future Challenge (MTFC) Students have a chance to get their hands dirty with real-world data analysis! With this theme, teams will research an agricultural area of the country and mathematically model how they think climate change could impact agriculture in the future. Teams will use data from the USDA Risk Management Agency to explore real insurance claims and their climate connections.

To complete the challenge, teams will submit a report detailing the findings of their project. Concluding the report they will make recommendations to companies, organizations, or government agencies based on their own mathematical modeling of future trends and risk analysis. Top teams will then be invited to compete for a $60,000 prize purse at the annual Modeling the Future Symposium! The Challenge is a three-phase competition for high school students. Teams must first pass through a qualifying scenario by answering a set of questions related to a real-world data-set. Then, all qualified teams conduct a research and analysis project about a topic of their choice within the annual theme. Finally, teams selected from a review of their reports are invited to the national Modeling the Future Symposium to present their research to the panel of actuary judges who evaluate the teams for the scholarship awards – a $60,000 award purse!

The Modeling the Future Challenge is a three-phase competition for high school students. Teams must first pass through a qualifying phase by responding to a scenario with a set of questions related to a real-world data-set (See Example Scenarios on the MTF website to practice). All teams that qualify are recognized as Modeling the Future Scholars. Qualified teams then move on to the Project Phase in which they conduct a research and analysis project about a topic of their choice within the annual theme. Finally, teams selected from a review of their reports are invited to the national Modeling the Future Symposium to present their research to the panel of actuary judges who evaluate the teams for the scholarship awards – a $60,000 award purse!

See competition website for more detail.
MTF Challenge 1st Place Grand Champion

Team Award. $25000.

Top National Award for the MTF Challenge

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

MTF Challenge 2nd Place Champion

Team Award. $15000.

The runner up award for the National Modeling the Future Challenge

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

MTF Challenge 3rd Place Champion

Team Award. $10000.

3rd Place in National Modeling the Future Challenge

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

MTF Challenge 4th Place Champion

Team Award. $5000.

4th place in the national modeling the future challenge

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

Website: https://www.mtfchallenge.org

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:
Kaitlan Holley
challenge@mtfchallenge.org

Entry Fee: 0

Eligibility:
1. Students must have taken or be taking at least one of the following junior or senior level mathematics courses at the time of registration for the MTF Challenge: statistics, calculus, pre-calculus, probability, mathematical modeling, or another junior or senior level mathematics course covering similar material. 2. Students must be junior or senior level students attending high school in the United States during the 2019-20 school year. *some special exceptions will be made for sophomore level students taking advanced junior or senior level mathematics classes. 3. Scholarship awards will only be paid to colleges or universities in the United States. If a student wins an award and chooses to attend college outside of the United States they will void their scholarship award. 4. Students may be in any type of schooling; formal, informal, home-schooled, etc. 5. Students must be no older than 19 years old by December 31st, 2019. 6. Teams may include from one to five students. 7. Each student or team of students submitting to the challenge must have an adult “coach” noted on the submission. Coaches can be any adult, 18+ years old.

Registration Opens
Sep 23, 2019 7:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Nov 22, 2019 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

Overview

The Modeling the Future Challenge is a real-world math-modeling and data-analysis competition for high school students. To compete, students analyze real-world data to project future trends and make recommendations to help mitigate risks. Join the challenge to put your critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and analytical skills to the test! You will also have a shot at your part of the $60,000 award purse!

The 2019-20 MTF Challenge theme is "Agriculture, Water, and Climate Change."  In the Modeling the Future Challenge (MTFC) Students have a chance to get their hands dirty with real-world data analysis! With this theme, teams will research an agricultural area of the country and mathematically model how they think climate change could impact agriculture in the future. Teams will use data from the USDA Risk Management Agency to explore real insurance claims and their climate connections.

To complete the challenge, teams will submit a report detailing the findings of their project. Concluding the report they will make recommendations to companies, organizations, or government agencies based on their own mathematical modeling of future trends and risk analysis. Top teams will then be invited to compete for a $60,000 prize purse at the annual Modeling the Future Symposium! The Challenge is a three-phase competition for high school students. Teams must first pass through a qualifying scenario by answering a set of questions related to a real-world data-set. Then, all qualified teams conduct a research and analysis project about a topic of their choice within the annual theme. Finally, teams selected from a review of their reports are invited to the national Modeling the Future Symposium to present their research to the panel of actuary judges who evaluate the teams for the scholarship awards – a $60,000 award purse!

Process

The Modeling the Future Challenge is a three-phase competition for high school students. Teams must first pass through a qualifying phase by responding to a scenario with a set of questions related to a real-world data-set (See Example Scenarios on the MTF website to practice). All teams that qualify are recognized as Modeling the Future Scholars. Qualified teams then move on to the Project Phase in which they conduct a research and analysis project about a topic of their choice within the annual theme. Finally, teams selected from a review of their reports are invited to the national Modeling the Future Symposium to present their research to the panel of actuary judges who evaluate the teams for the scholarship awards – a $60,000 award purse!

Criteria

See competition website for more detail.

Awards

MTF Challenge 1st Place Grand Champion

Team Award. $25000.

Top National Award for the MTF Challenge

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

MTF Challenge 2nd Place Champion

Team Award. $15000.

The runner up award for the National Modeling the Future Challenge

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

MTF Challenge 3rd Place Champion

Team Award. $10000.

3rd Place in National Modeling the Future Challenge

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

MTF Challenge 4th Place Champion

Team Award. $5000.

4th place in the national modeling the future challenge

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

Participate

Website: https://www.mtfchallenge.org

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:
Kaitlan Holley
challenge@mtfchallenge.org

Entry Fee: 0

Eligibility:
1. Students must have taken or be taking at least one of the following junior or senior level mathematics courses at the time of registration for the MTF Challenge: statistics, calculus, pre-calculus, probability, mathematical modeling, or another junior or senior level mathematics course covering similar material. 2. Students must be junior or senior level students attending high school in the United States during the 2019-20 school year. *some special exceptions will be made for sophomore level students taking advanced junior or senior level mathematics classes. 3. Scholarship awards will only be paid to colleges or universities in the United States. If a student wins an award and chooses to attend college outside of the United States they will void their scholarship award. 4. Students may be in any type of schooling; formal, informal, home-schooled, etc. 5. Students must be no older than 19 years old by December 31st, 2019. 6. Teams may include from one to five students. 7. Each student or team of students submitting to the challenge must have an adult “coach” noted on the submission. Coaches can be any adult, 18+ years old.

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Sep 23, 2019 7:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Nov 22, 2019 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles