The Onsite ZIML Math Competition

The monthly Online ZIML Competitions allow students to practice their problem solving skills in mathematics and compete during the school year. For a chance to compete during the summer, onsite ZIML Competitions are available during each Areteem/Math Zoom Residential Summer Camp. The competitions will be held on the last Sunday of each camp.

2018 Onsite ZIML Competitions

The 2018 Onsite ZIML Competitions will be held on the following dates:

  • July 1st, 2018 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
  • August 5th, 2018 at the University of California, San Diego in San Diego, CA as part of the International ZIML Convention held August 4th-5th, 2018.
Dr. Harold teaching Camp student explaining to the class

See below for more information about the International ZIML Convention.

2018 International ZIML Convention

The two-day International ZIML Convention will be held on August 4th-5th, 2018 on the University of California, San Diego campus located in San Diego, CA. Students from across the world are invited to join us for workshops on Saturday and the ZIML Competition on Sunday. In addition, top performing students from the Online ZIML Competition held during the 2017-18 school year will receive invitations to compete in the Masters Division Onsite exam. The Masters Division features a top prize of $2000!

Top Prize

Registration using the link below is available as either an individual or a team. Early Bird Pricing (valid until April 30th) is

  • $120 for an individual (save $40 off the regular price of $160)
  • $400 for a team of five students all competing in the same level (save $200 off the regular price of $600)

Registration covers all the activities listed above, including dinner on August 4th and lunch on August 5th. You will be prompted to create a free ZIML account if you do not already have one.

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The schedule for the 2018 International ZIML Convention is found below (subject to change). See the bottom of the page (by clicking here) for additional information.

Saturday August 4th, 2018

1:00pm - 2:00pm Check-In and Student Poster setup.
2:00pm - 3:00pm Introduction and Overview of Math and Science Opportunities for HS and MS Students
3:00pm - 4:00pm Keynote Speech
4:00pm - 5:45pm Breakout Session for Student Oral Presentations of Posters
6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Social

Dr. Harold teaching

Sunday August 5th, 2018

9:00am - 10:30am ZIML Competition Individual Rounds 1 and 2
10:45am - 11:15am ZIML Team Round (5 students per team)
11:30am - 12:30pm Quiz Bowl on current STEM news and related issues (for student’s not competing in the Masters division)
11:15am - 12:30pm Master Round (for students invited to compete in the Masters Division)
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Social
1:30pm - 2:30pm ZIML Final Four Round
2:30pm - 3:30pm Presentations for Winning Student Posters
3:30pm - 4:30pm Award Ceremony
4:30pm - 5:30pm Closing Social (light snacks provided)
Dr. Harold teaching

Additional Information

Click on each of the categories below for additional information. Details subject to change.

Divisions and Scoring Information

Competition at the International ZIML Convention will include 5 divisions:

  • Middle School (MS) Division (open to students who have not started grade 9)
  • High School (HS) Division
  • Junior Varsity (JV) Division
  • Varsity (V) Division
  • Masters Division (for qualified students)

Each Division consists of 4 sections. For the MS, HS, JV, and V Divisions these are:

  • Individual Round One:  40 minutes for 20 multiple choice questions.
  • Individual Round Two:  20 minutes for 5 short answer problems.
  • Team Round:  20 minutes for 10 short answer problems.
  • Quiz Bowl:  General Knowledge Questions on current STEM News and Issues

For the Masters Division these are:

  • Individual Round One:  40 minutes for 20 multiple choice questions (shared with Varsity Division).
  • Individual Round Two:  20 minutes for 5 short answer problems (shared with Varsity Division).
  • Team Round:  20 minutes for 10 short answer problems (shared with Varsity Division).
  • Master Round:  75 minutes for 4 proof based questions.

Winners will be awarded for:

  • Middle School Division Individual and Team
  • High School Division Individual and Team
  • Junior Varsity Division Individual and Team
  • Varsity Division Individual and Team
  • Masters Division Individual

Scores for the MS, HS, JV, and V Divisions are calculated as follows

  • Individual Scores:  Individual Round One (40 points) + Individual Round Two (20 points) = 60 points total
  • Team Scores:  Average of Individual Scores for the team members (60 points) + Team Round (40 points) = 100 points total

The Masters Division scoring is

  • Individual Round One (40 points) + Individual Round Two (20 points) + Master Round (40 points) = 100 points total

If necessary, a sudden victory tiebreak will be used to break any tie scores.

Masters Division Qualification

The automatic (and easiest!) way to qualify for the International ZIML Competitions Masters Division is to compete in the Monthly ZIML Contests!

Winners of a 2017-18 School Year Varsity Division ZIML Competition will be invited to participate in the Masters Division at the International Convention. (All award levels, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, are included.)

Students who have not competed in the ZIML Varsity Division can petition the ZIML Committee to participate in the Masters Division. The Committee is looking for dedicated and passionate math students who display academic excellence and have extensive competition experience. Details on the petition process will be released when registration for the Convention opens.

Poster Competition

Participating students are expected to bring and present a poster during the convention. The topic of the poster should be related to math or its applications. Example poster titles could include:

  • Geometry without Variables: An Exploration of the Mathematics in Euclid's Elements
  • Quantum Chaos: How Quantum Computers would Bring an End to Computer Security as We Know It
  • Google Knows Everything: Just How Big is the "Big" in Big Data?
  • My Teacher Lied to Me! My Bowling Ball Fell Faster than My Feather (Physics in Real Life)
  • Thinking Long Term: How a Fear of Variance Could be Costing You Millions

Posters will be displayed during the competition, and students should be prepared to answer questions about their chosen topic. Posters should satisfy the following guidelines:

  • Posters will be displayed on boards during the convention. Students should print their own poster and bring it to the convention.
  • Standard poster size is 24 inches wide and 36 inches tall. If requested, posters that are 48 inches wide and 36 inches tall will also be accomodated.
  • The minimum font size should be 18pt, so that posters can be easily read during presentations.
  • Standard Serif Fonts should be used, such as Time New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, or Courier.
  • At a minimum, posters should have a clear title, introduction, and conclusion that are accessible to a general audience. (Posters can of course include technical content, but students should try to present the overall idea in an accessible way.)
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