Maryland MATHALON The MATHALON is a statewide middle school mathematics event with a maximum of 50 teams. 2016 marks the MATHALON's 31st year! All middle schools in the state of Maryland are invited to attend by sending a team of four students to the event. Middle school is defined as grades 6 through 8. Multiple teams from the same school are welcome, space permitting.
The event consists of three rounds, each scored independently: individual test, team test, and the invention round. The individual test and the team test are both written examinations taken by individuals and the school team respectively. The invention round is done by teams of four students selected randomly so normally they would be from four different schools (and therefore do not know each other). The teams first choose one of five 'inventions'. Then, without help from any adult coach, the team is given 20 minutes to completely design and build their invention using only the materials provided. Judging, which depends on the invention, is explained in advance, so there are no surprises.
The MATHALON brochure and registration information is available below.