Math Video Challenge

Ages:Middle School

Type:Submission

Categories:Mathematics, STEM, video

Scope:National

Registration Closes
Mar 13, 2019 5:00pm
America/Los_Angeles

The Math Video Challenge is a free national program that challenges students to develop their math, communication and technology skills in a collaborative video project. It’s a new way for students who love math to explore it creatively, but also gives students who fear math a chance to feel successful in the field. Students who dislike math can work with their peers and tap into other talents and interests—from art to technology to music to acting.

The Math Video Challenge gives students the opportunity to build technological proficiency with smartphones, video cameras, and video editing software. It also helps students to connect math to the “real world”, since their videos place math problems in a realistic context.

WestEd has recognized the Math Video Challenge as one of the nation’s most effective STEM learning programs, listing it as an Accomplished Program in STEMworks.

During the fall/winter students work in teams of 4 to create a video based on a MATHCOUNTS problem. The video must be 5 minutes or shorter and show a real-world application of the math concept used.

From early February through mid-March, the general public votes on the videos, and the 100 videos with the most votes advance to the judging rounds. Teams that submit videos by the Promo Prize Pack deadline in February receive a free pack of materials to help them promote their video.

In early April, expert judges select 4 finalist videos to advance to the Math Video Challenge Finals. The 16 students who created these 4 videos, as well as each team's advisor, receive an all-expenses-paid trip to present their videos the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL. At the Math Video Challenge Finals in May, the 224 Mathletes® at the National Competition vote to determine the First Place Video.

In the first round of the contest, the top 100 videos are determined solely based on general public voting. The 100 videos that receive the most votes between February 13, 2019 and March 14, 2019 advance to the judging rounds. During the judging rounds, videos are evaluated based on the following criteria, in order to select the 20 semifinalists and then the 4 finalists:

  • Creativity: Is the style well-suited for the audience/middle school students? Is the story engaging? Is the video memorable? Does the video show imagination?
  • Communication: Is the math communicated clearly and logically? Is time used effectively? Are important ideas emphasized? Is the video easy to understand and follow?
  • Mathematical Accuracy: Is an appropriate approach to solving the problem used? Are there any errors? Is the solution explained clearly?
  • Real-World Application: Does the video present a real-world application of the math concepts in the problem? Is the real-world scenario believable?

Videos also must adhere to the contest rules, including time requirements, and cannot include copyrighted material.

Math Video Challenge Participation Prizes

Individual Award.

Teams that have submitted a video to the Math Video Challenge by 11:59 PM ET March 1, 2019 receive the Promo Pack, which includes 20 printed flyers, a poster and social media templates/filters to help promote their video during General Public Voting. Promo Pack recipients also are automatically entered into the Promo Pack Prize Drawing to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card for each team member (10 winning teams selected randomly). All teams that submit a video in the contest (by 11:59 PM ET on March 14, 2019) will be automatically entered in the Boogie Prize Drawing to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card for each team member (1 winning team selected randomly). Learn more here.

Math Video Challenge Semifinalist Prizes

Team Award.

20 semifinalist videos are announced. The students who created these videos each receive recognition on the Math Video Challenge website and certificates.

Math Video Challenge Finalist Prizes

Team Award.

In April 2019, 4 finalist videos are announced. The students who created these videos and their team advisors win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Math Video Challenge Finals at the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL. The students also receive plaques and recognition on the Math Video Challenge website.4 finalist videos are announced. The students who created these videos and their team advisors win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Math Video Challenge Finals at the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL. The students also receive plaques and recognition on the Math Video Challenge website.

Math Video Challenge First Place

Team Award. $1000.

Each member of the overall winning team receives recognition on the Math Video Challenge website, a trophy and a $1,000 college scholarship.

Website: https://videochallenge.mathcounts.org/

Managing Organization: The MATHCOUNTS Foundation

Contact:

videochallenge@mathcounts.org

Entry Fee: 0

Eligibility:
<p style="font-weight: 400;">In order to be eligible to participate in the Math Video Challenge, an entrant must be a legal resident of one of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam and must be currently enrolled as full-time students in grades 6 through 8 (or equivalent) at a public, private, or home school. Those U.S. citizens currently enrolled as a full time student in grades 6 through 8 (or equivalent) at U.S. State Department and Defense Department dependent schools located internationally are also eligible.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">All student teams must have exactly four members, although all four members do not necessarily need to appear in the video. The students may split up the various tasks associated with the project, as they like. Subject to securing the appropriate written permissions, additional people not on the official team may appear in the video, but only the four team members will be recognized for advancement and recognition in the contest. Students do not have to combine with students from their own school, or even students from their hometown or state.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Videos must be in English or subtitled in English.</p>

Registration Closes
Mar 13, 2019 5:00pm
America/Los_Angeles

Overview

The Math Video Challenge is a free national program that challenges students to develop their math, communication and technology skills in a collaborative video project. It’s a new way for students who love math to explore it creatively, but also gives students who fear math a chance to feel successful in the field. Students who dislike math can work with their peers and tap into other talents and interests—from art to technology to music to acting.

The Math Video Challenge gives students the opportunity to build technological proficiency with smartphones, video cameras, and video editing software. It also helps students to connect math to the “real world”, since their videos place math problems in a realistic context.

WestEd has recognized the Math Video Challenge as one of the nation’s most effective STEM learning programs, listing it as an Accomplished Program in STEMworks.

Process

During the fall/winter students work in teams of 4 to create a video based on a MATHCOUNTS problem. The video must be 5 minutes or shorter and show a real-world application of the math concept used.

From early February through mid-March, the general public votes on the videos, and the 100 videos with the most votes advance to the judging rounds. Teams that submit videos by the Promo Prize Pack deadline in February receive a free pack of materials to help them promote their video.

In early April, expert judges select 4 finalist videos to advance to the Math Video Challenge Finals. The 16 students who created these 4 videos, as well as each team's advisor, receive an all-expenses-paid trip to present their videos the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL. At the Math Video Challenge Finals in May, the 224 Mathletes® at the National Competition vote to determine the First Place Video.

Criteria

In the first round of the contest, the top 100 videos are determined solely based on general public voting. The 100 videos that receive the most votes between February 13, 2019 and March 14, 2019 advance to the judging rounds. During the judging rounds, videos are evaluated based on the following criteria, in order to select the 20 semifinalists and then the 4 finalists:

  • Creativity: Is the style well-suited for the audience/middle school students? Is the story engaging? Is the video memorable? Does the video show imagination?
  • Communication: Is the math communicated clearly and logically? Is time used effectively? Are important ideas emphasized? Is the video easy to understand and follow?
  • Mathematical Accuracy: Is an appropriate approach to solving the problem used? Are there any errors? Is the solution explained clearly?
  • Real-World Application: Does the video present a real-world application of the math concepts in the problem? Is the real-world scenario believable?

Videos also must adhere to the contest rules, including time requirements, and cannot include copyrighted material.

Awards

Math Video Challenge Participation Prizes

Individual Award.

Teams that have submitted a video to the Math Video Challenge by 11:59 PM ET March 1, 2019 receive the Promo Pack, which includes 20 printed flyers, a poster and social media templates/filters to help promote their video during General Public Voting. Promo Pack recipients also are automatically entered into the Promo Pack Prize Drawing to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card for each team member (10 winning teams selected randomly). All teams that submit a video in the contest (by 11:59 PM ET on March 14, 2019) will be automatically entered in the Boogie Prize Drawing to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card for each team member (1 winning team selected randomly). Learn more here.

Math Video Challenge Semifinalist Prizes

Team Award.

20 semifinalist videos are announced. The students who created these videos each receive recognition on the Math Video Challenge website and certificates.

Math Video Challenge Finalist Prizes

Team Award.

In April 2019, 4 finalist videos are announced. The students who created these videos and their team advisors win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Math Video Challenge Finals at the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL. The students also receive plaques and recognition on the Math Video Challenge website.4 finalist videos are announced. The students who created these videos and their team advisors win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Math Video Challenge Finals at the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL. The students also receive plaques and recognition on the Math Video Challenge website.

Math Video Challenge First Place

Team Award. $1000.

Each member of the overall winning team receives recognition on the Math Video Challenge website, a trophy and a $1,000 college scholarship.

Participate

Website: https://videochallenge.mathcounts.org/

Managing Organization: The MATHCOUNTS Foundation

Contact:

videochallenge@mathcounts.org

Entry Fee: 0

Eligibility:
<p style="font-weight: 400;">In order to be eligible to participate in the Math Video Challenge, an entrant must be a legal resident of one of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam and must be currently enrolled as full-time students in grades 6 through 8 (or equivalent) at a public, private, or home school. Those U.S. citizens currently enrolled as a full time student in grades 6 through 8 (or equivalent) at U.S. State Department and Defense Department dependent schools located internationally are also eligible.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">All student teams must have exactly four members, although all four members do not necessarily need to appear in the video. The students may split up the various tasks associated with the project, as they like. Subject to securing the appropriate written permissions, additional people not on the official team may appear in the video, but only the four team members will be recognized for advancement and recognition in the contest. Students do not have to combine with students from their own school, or even students from their hometown or state.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Videos must be in English or subtitled in English.</p>

Deadlines

Registration Closes
Mar 13, 2019 5:00pm
America/Los_Angeles