Virtual Math Competition

About the Competition

The RIT/NTID Math Competition is an annual nationwide competition for deaf or hard-of-hearing middle school students. 

Beginning in 2023, the RIT/NTID Math Competition will be moving to a combination of regional and national competitions. Check back for more information in summer 2022.

This year's Virtual Math Competition has concluded.

We want to thank all participants and their coaches for competing this year- we would not have a successful Math Competition without you! 

The 2022 Virtual Math Competition was an incredibly close competition, with the top three players separated by only a point!

1st Place: Matthew Ciancanelli, coached by Mary Claire Seeberg, from Northbrook Junior High in Northbrook, IL.
2nd Place: Josiah Lockhart, coached by Sherry Bradley-Koo, from Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, MD. 
3rd Place: Tomer Saguey, coached by Camille Saccente, from Pioneer Middle School in Cooper City, FL. 

Individuals

All deaf and hard-of-hearing who are in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade during the 2021-2022 school year are welcome. There is no fee for individual participants.

  1. Qualifiers
    1. Qualifiers will open at 8:00am ET on Monday, March 14, 2022 and run until 5:00pm ET on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
       
    2. All competitors will participate in the qualifiers, which is a 30-question qualifying test. Math questions will start off simple and become progressively harder. Each question will be worth one point. Once the competitor starts the test, they will have 45 minutes to complete the test. The test will be accompanied by a lockdown browser and a timer; any competitor that exits the browser will have their test auto-submitted and will not be permitted to return to/continue the test.
       
    3. Four function calculators are allowed.
       
    4. The maximum possible qualifier score is 30.  
       
       
  2. Quarter-Finals
    1. Quarter-finals will open at 8:00am ET on Wednesday, March 16 and run until 5:00pm ET on Thursday, March 17.
       
    2. Competitors who rank in the top 50% out of all competitors will move on to quarter-finals. Quarter-finals will be composed of 15 questions, worth one point each. Once the competitor starts the test, they will have 20 minutes to complete the test. The test will be accompanied by a lockdown browser and a timer; any competitor that exits the browser will have their test auto-submitted and will not be permitted to return/continue the test.
       
    3. Four function calculators are allowed.
       
    4. Competitors who have made it to quarter-finals will receive notification via e-mail the evening of March 15.
       
       
  3. Individual Semi-Finals
    1. The top 16 scoring competitors will be announced as semi-finalists. After the announcement, the competitor and their coach will be contacted. We will work with coaches and the competitors to set up a time to compete in the semi-finals via Zoom on Monday, March 21 or Tuesday, March 22.
       
    2. Several semi-finalists will be competing against each other in the same zoom session. A total of 15 questions will be given in sequence; competitors will have 90 seconds to solve each question. Each correct answer is worth one point. After all semifinalists have participated, the competitors with the top four scores will move onto the finals.
       
    3. Four function calculators are allowed.
       
    4. Competitors who have made it to Semi-Finals will receive notification via e-mail the evening of Thursday, March 17.
       
    5. Coaches must be present during competition.
       
  1. Individual Finals
    1. The top 4 scoring competitors will be announced as finalists. Finals will happen on Zoom, on Wednesday, March 23. Finals will be recorded in Zoom and shared to our NTID Youth Programs Facebook page.
       
    2. Finalists will be competing against each other in the same Zoom session. A total of 15 questions will be given in sequence; the four competitors will have 90 seconds to solve each question. Each correct answer is worth one point.
       
    3. After the 15th question, the competitor with the most points wins first place. The competitor with the second most points will place second, and so forth. If competitors are tied, sudden victory will begin until one competitor wins.
       
    4. Four function calculators are allowed.
       
    5. Coaches must be present during competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

The safety of all participants is our main concern, and because of COVID-19, different schools may have different restrictions on travel, gathering, and instructional methods. We want to ensure that all students who want to participate are able to!

The 2022 Virtual Math Competition will consist of both an individual competition and a team competition (pending interest). Individual competition details can be found above.

We are also incorporating some fun virtual activities and social events, geared for a middle school audience, to make sure everyone is having a great time. 

Please note that any and all aspects of the Virtual Math Competition are subject to change at any time, and we appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions please contact Linzie Fuechtmann at lkfnca@rit.edu

 

All deaf and hard-of-hearing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students during the 2021-2022 school year are invited to participate. There is no limit to the number of individual participants per school/district; however, schools are limited to only one team of four players.

Team competition is dependent on the number of interested teams. 

There is no fee to participate for teams or individual players. 

Yes! Any interested 6th, 7th, and 8th grader must have a coach “tied” to their name, even if they are participating as an individual. Coaches must be a teacher, paraprofessional, or other school/district representative. Coaches will work in tandem with the NTID Youth Programs team in relaying information to interested students, distributing and collecting completed registration forms, and coaching/readying the competitors for all levels of the competition.
 
Coaches whose students make it to the competition must accompany their students to the Finals on Zoom.

Coaches will register all students, no matter if they are participating as individuals or as a team.

Registration will open on December 1, 2021, and there will be two registration forms required for each coach and student. Registration forms are available here.

Questions should be e-mailed to MathCompetition@ntid.rit.edu

Preparation Materials

Preparation Videos

Prime Factorization
Learn more about prime factorization—understanding prime number, factors, Least Common Multiple (LCM) and Greatest Common Factor (GCF)—learn how to solve two prime factorization problems!

Prime Factorization: Problem 1
Discover two ways to find LCM and GCF.

Prime Factorization: Problem 2
Solve two square root problems without a calculator using prime factorization.

Prime Factorization: Problem 3
Learn a quick way to use prime factorization to find the number of whole number factors in two problems.

Prime Factorization: Problem 4
Learn a quick way to use prime factorization to find the sum of whole number factors in two problems.

Area Polygon: Problem 1
Learn two strategies to find the area of a quadrilateral and the area of a square in a circle.

Area Polygon: Problem 2
More ways to find the area of a quadrilateral that does not have a clear location on the coordinate graph.

Area Polygon: Problem 3
Discover various strategies to solve for the area of an equilateral triangle.

Area Polygon: Problem 4
Learn a different way find the area of a polygon formed by connecting coordinates.

Recruitment and Motivation
Teachers: Some insights, tips and strategies for building a MATHCOUNTS competition program at your school.

Important Dates

December 1, 2022: Registration opens

For the competition:

  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Registration Opens
  • Monday, March 14, 2022: Math Competition Opening Webinar and Qualifiers Begin!
  • Wednesday, March 16: Quarter-Finals begin
  • Thursday, March 17: Top 16 individual competitors announced and virtual workshop with at-home kits!
  • Friday, March 18: Team Quarter-Finals*
  • Monday, March 21: Individual Semi-Finals
  • Tuesday, March 22: Team Semi-Finals*
  • Wednesday, March 23: Individual and Team Finals*

*Team portion of competition will depend on interest from schools and districts.

Registration

The 2022 Virtual Math Competition has concluded.

Registration Forms

Coaches and each participant will need to fill out and submit the forms below.
Registration forms are due no later than 5:00pm ET on Wednesday, December 15 (for team registrations) and Saturday, January 15 (for individual registrations).

Contact Us

RIT NTID Math Competition
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Lyndon Baines Johnson Building
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623-5604
 
585-475-7695 (voice)
585-286-4555 (videophone)
585-448-9651 (text/FaceTime)

You can also contact us by email at MathCompetition@ntid.rit.edu.