Zoom International Math League (ZIML Competition)


History of Zoom International Math League

Mathematics is the foundation of all science and engineering fields.  The world of mathematics is full of fun and exciting challenges.  The Zoom International Math League provides just that and those who are brave enough to partake, will reap fruitful harvest!


Started in 2008 as the Southern California Mathematical Olympiad, ZIML has produced tournament players who have advanced to top tier colleges and prestigious math competitions, including American Math Competitions, MATHCOUNTS, and International Math Olympaid.  To keep up with the demand of grooming students for getting ready for the prestigious college life and professional careers, Areteem’s ZIML competition is having a comprehensive upgrade this year, making it available not just during the summer and fall – but once per month during the school year.  Visit ziml.areteem.org to view the details of the rules and sign on to participate.


ZIML’s beginnings stemmed back when the 1st ZIML math competition was held in 2008.  The core rules then remain true to this day -  but competition accommodations, methods and tracking continue to improve year by year.  At present, “the electronic score board” used in the final process is based on the blackboard (Literally!) completed by hand by the referee staff.


We now offer year-round online programs on the ZIML website

The ZIML Programs, including the Monthly Contests and Daily Magic Spells, help students to keep track of their learning progress throughout the year. With the website's intuitive system, students will improve their math problem solving skills and continually strive to excel by learning what areas they need to focus on more than others.
All students are encouraged to participate and to keep up through the school year so you have a good record to show college admissions officers later on of all of your great work in mathematics! 

Check out the Online ZIML programs!




In 2017, the ZIML Onsite Competitions were held at our Summer Camp locations on the following dates:

-California State University, Fullerton - Sunday July 2nd, 2017

-Georgetown University - Sunday August 6th, 2017



ZIML (formerly Southern California Mathematical Olympiad) previous winners.

Before, the referee calls the 1st participant to raise their hand for the answer.

Now, each team representative has to race to the judge with the answer.  After the judge ruled, the assistant will input the results in real time on the big screen score board.


In 2008, Areteem Math Zoom partnered with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and conducted the “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician?” contest along with the Southern California Math Olympiad (ZIML).  It is derived from the famous American TV reality show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”  Combined efforts from both Areteem Math Zoom and the AMS, have attracted enthusiastic responses from more than 30 high schools.

 "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" host, Mike Breen.      


"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" final scene.
Dr. Kevin Wang at the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" awards ceremony. 

Dr. Kevin Wang awarding the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" winners. 

The electronic score board used at the Zoom International Math League.


Competitors over the years have progressed to demonstrate exemplary performance in school, math competitions including MATHCOUNTS, American Math Competitions (AMC), and International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) , etc., and acceptance by top universities in the US and in the world.  Such is the case with Harvard student, Patrick Pan, who was in the news for being accepted to Harvard at 15 and then dropped out to join a startup venture, and later on returned to Harvard.  Patrick participated in Areteem's summer camps and has undergone the ZIML.

Patrick Pan, admitted to Harvard University at 15 years old.  


Over the years, those who attended Areteem Institute’s summer camps and has ZIML as their training ground, achieved commendable ranking in international Math tournaments and has garnered one success after another.  The following picture is the 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad champion USA team members, in which 3 of the 6 members have attended Areteem Institute’s programs and have gone through the ZIML math competitions with commendable performances. 

Dr. Kevin Wang is a former China Team member for the International Math Olympiad (IMO). Dr. Wang was the top scorer in China in American Math Competition (AMC) and American Invitational Math Examination (AIME), and the winner of multiple national & international contests in math and science in China. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University, and worked as a faculty member in Mathematics at UC Irvine and UCLA.





With competition heating up for these international Math tournaments and the brightest students craving to develop needed skills to stand out from the crowd, the year-round ZIML is now held more regularly, every month during the school year, so that tournament players can adapt better in the competition environment.


The ZIML Monthly Online Math Contests are more intense and challenging.  Individuals, groups and clubs are encouraged to attend.  ZIML is not just about developing speed and articulation in problem solving, it trains students to deal with real-life situations that test their decision-making abilities.  The exposure with like-minded students also cultivates positive peer influence and team work.  To determine the winner is not the ultimate goal.  To develop resourcefulness and to push one’s self beyond the limit is a valuable lesson that can be learned from ZIML.










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