Math Beauty Contest

The theme of the VCTM 2003 spring conference was “Mathematics: A Universal Network of Beauty.”  Johnny Lott, President of NCTM, commented in his address to participants that he liked the conference title and thought it might be nice to have a Mathematics Beauty Contest.  We thought this would be a great way to give students throughout Virginia a chance to show their problem solving ability in “beautiful ways.”  We are looking forward to having many “beautiful” entries for this “Mathematics Beauty Contest.”  Mathematics truly is a beautiful subject and we want the world to know it.

2017 Contest Information

  • January 25, 2017:  Problems announced and contest opens
  • March 25, 2017:  Final date to enter 
  • April 25, 2017: Notification of winners
  • Winning entry for each grade band receives a $25.00 Walmart Gift card and a class pizza party. 

The 2017 Math Beauty Contest is now open!

Please read and review the Official Rules for important information.

K - 2 problem

3 - 5 problem

6 - 8 problem

9 - Algebra I problem

Above Algebra I problem

We look forward to your entries!

We congratulate the 2016 winners of the beauty contest!

K - 2

Winner:  Maxwell Keys
Teacher:  Lucy Heath
Mary Carr Greer Elementary School
Charlottesville, VA

3 - 5

Winner: Jeffrey Chen
Teacher:  Patricia Montgomery
Nysmith School
Herndon, VA

6 - 8

Winner:  Kenia Cruz Rodriguez
Teacher:  Ashley Clark
Stonewall Middle School
Manassas, VA

9 - Algebra I

Winner:  Izzy Henson
Teacher:  Jeff Neely
Plaza Middle School
Virginia Beach VA

Above Algebra I

Winner:  Anjali Amin
Teacher:  Dan Schaefer
WT Woodson High School
Fairfax, VA

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2016 contest.  Thank you for sharing the beauty of mathematics!

Past Problem Sets

PO Box 73593
Richmond, VA 23235

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