Academic competitions in math and science can motivate students to learn new skills and meet new friends along the way. Important information and dates for some of the major competitions are found below.
Online ZIML Monthly Contests
Zoom International Math League (ZIML) hosts monthly contests during the school year testing problem solving abilities in math. The online contest format makes it easy to participate and students can do so anytime during the weekend.
Key Dates: There are 9 monthly contests during the 2019-20 year, held the first Friday-Sunday of each month from October 2019 to June 2020.
More Information: Visit the ZIML website at ziml.areteem.org for more information and learn about all of ZIML’s offerings.
The AMC 8 competition is multiple choice math competition held by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for middle school students (up to grade 8). Held once a year, it allows younger students the opportunity to test their knowledge of middle school math.
Key Dates: The competition will be held in schools on November 12th, 2019. Schools must register by October 29th, 2019.
The AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions are multiple choice math competitions held by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for middle school students (up to grade 10 and 12 respectively). They are each offered twice a year and are the first exams for students wishing to qualify for the US Math Olympiad Team.
Key Dates: The AMC 10A/12A will be held in schools on January 30th, 2020 and the AMC 10B/12B will be held in schools on February 5th, 2020. Schools must register for the “A” date by December 13th, 2019 and the “B” date by January 9th, 2020.
American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME)
Students who excel on the AMC 10 and/or AMC 12 are invited to take the AIME. AIME features more difficult problems and students who excel advance to the USA Mathematical Olympiad, the last qualifying exam for the US Math Olympiad Team.
Key Dates: The AIME will be held in schools on March 11th, 2020 (alternate date March 19th, 2020).
MathCounts is a series of math competitions for middle school students. Individuals and Teams compete and advance at the School, Chapter, State, and National level. The competition features several rounds, where students compete both as individuals and as teams.
Key Dates: Dates are dependent on your location.
- School competitions must be held before February 2020
- Chapter competitions will be held in February 2020
- State competitions will be held in March 2020
- The MathCounts National Championship will be held May 9-12, 2020 in Orlando, FL.
F=ma and USAPhO Exams
The F=ma exam is a multiple choice exam held by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) that tests problem solving skills in mechanics. The F=ma exam is the first exam for students wishing to qualify for the US Physics Olympiad Team. Students who excel on the F=ma exam compete in the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO) which tests their knowledge in all areas of physics.
Key Dates: The F=ma A Exam will be held in schools on January 23rd, 2020 and the F=ma B Exam will be held in schools on January 28th, 2020. The Spring 2020 USAPho date is TBA but typically held in March/April.
Physics Bowl is a multiple choice exam held by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) that tests basic physics knowledge, including history and current events. Physics Bowl requires being comfortable with all areas of physics.
Key Dates: The 2019-20 dates are TBA, but Physics Bowl is typically held in March/April.
Computer Science Competitions
US Computing Olympiad (USACO)
The US Computing Olympiad offers multiple programming contests throughout the year. Each contest features Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinium levels for students with different skill levels. Top scoring students in USACO are chosen for the team representing the US at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).
Key Dates: The 2019-20 dates are TBA, but contests are typically held in December, January, and February, with the US Open competition held in March/April.
More Information: Visit the USACO website here for more information.Share this post!