LA County Math Field Day - A Math Enrichment Activity by Areteem and LACOE
A Contest to Demonstrate Knowledge of Math Through Competition and Celebration
Introduction to Math Field Day
In partnership with Areteem Institute, Los Angeles County Office of Education - LACOE’s Math Field Day is designed as a math enrichment activity to promote mathematical reasoning, teamwork and a balanced mathematics curriculum for all students in upper elementary school, middle school and high school. Participation allows students to demonstrate their math skills through competition in the following elements: computational and procedural skill, conceptual understanding and problem solving. It is open to 4-person teams from schools in Los Angeles County.
Areteem Institute is an educational institution that develops and provides in-depth and advanced math and science programs for High School, Middle School and Elementary School students and teachers. Areteem programs are ideal for students who wish to win in mathematics competitions (AMC, AIME, USAMO, IMO, ARML, MATHCOUNTS, Math Leagues, Math Olympiad, ZIML, etc.), and Physics Olympiad, or purely want to enrich their academic lives by taking math challenges and developing outstanding analytical, logical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
Math Field Day 2023
Los Angeles County Math Field Day 2023 is scheduled for April 29, 2023 with the location to be determined.
Registration is available for districts with the LA County Office of Education and will open by February 2023. Visit the LACOE Math Field Day page by clicking here.
Photos from Past LA County Math Field Days
The Math Field Day Competition Categories
Students from 4th Grade to 8th Grade compete on grade level tasks. In addition, 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade high school students compete in tasks covering Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3 respectively.
For each grade, there are three components (referred to as tasks):
- Conceptual Understanding
- Problem Solving
- Computational/Procedural Skills
The Computational/Procedural Skills task is done individually by each team member. It consists of 10 multiple choice questions texting basic mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills. Some questions in this task may have multiple correct answers, helping students get used to choosing all correct answers as they will during standardized state testing.
The other two tasks are done as a team, with all members working together. These tasks are longer, each with four parts, so teamwork and communication is vital for success. Further, students are graded on their teamwork, working efficiently together affects a team's final score.
The Conceptual Understanding task tests a team's ability to not only come up with a correct answer, but explain and justify their reasoning using words and diagrams.
The Problem Solving tasks forces a team to apply their mathematical knowledge to real world scenarios and solve complicated problems that build throughout the parts.
Awards are given to teams for each category (per grade) and also for overall scores for each grade. All the material is based on state and national standards.
Since 2017, Areteem Institute has served as the official problem writers for the competition. Sample questions to get an understanding of the different types of tasks are available below.
- Conceptual Understanding: Click to view a sample of a previous 5th Grade Conceptual Understanding task.
- Problem Solving: Click to view a sample of a previous 7th Grade Problem Solving task.
- Computation/Procedural Skills: Visit the ZIML Site to practice with FREE daily problems to improve your math problem solving.
STEM Festival at Math Field Day
The STEM Festival, organized in partnership with Areteem, is an after-competition celebration where each grade level experiences a fun STEM activity to inspire them to keep learning in all STEM areas.
Highlights from past STEM festivals include
- 4th Grade: Robotics; Environmental Photography
- 5th Grade: Molecular Gastronomy
- 6th Grade: Video Game Design; Flight Simulations
- 7th Grade + Up: Neuroscience; Chemistry; Computer Programming
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