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MaPP High School Challenge '18 at Lamar University

The Mathematical Puzzle Programs (MaPP) Challenge is an annual puzzlehunt designed to challenge your students' mathematical problem solving abilities. These puzzles are inspired on ideas outside the usual arithmetic-to-calculus sequence, so advanced mathematical coursework isn't necessary to enjoy the game!

Mathematical Puzzle Programs (MaPP) Challenge '18: Gotta Solve 'Em All! is a team-based competition for 9th-12th grade students. Each team is composed of up to eight students, with at least six students per team suggested. A teacher chaperone is also required for each team, but the chaperone cannot assist the team in the competition (although you can opt out of the competition and merely participate recreationally, instead). We would love to have teams representing each of your schools this year!

Teams will be presented with puzzles testing their deductive reasoning ability and introducing concepts from mathematical fields such as cryptography, game theory, or others. Solving puzzles will require the team to run out and interact with Lamar University’s campus. For more details about the event, see http://mappmath.org/programs/challenge/

Date: April 21, 2018

Location: Lamar University

What follows is a tentative schedule for the event, due to take place on Saturday, April 21:

• 9:45am: Registration
• 10:15am: Orientation
• 10:30am: Puzzlehunt begins
• 2:30pm: Deadline for turning in solutions
• 2:40pm: Wrap-up, Awards, Dismissal
• 3:00pm: Event tear-down

Students are encouraged to bring a bottle for water. Snacks will be available for the students during the competition. Teams will have to arrange their own transportation, and there will be a registration fee of $95 per team. This will go toward the ClueKeeper app to use during the event, a shirt for each participant and chaperone, as well as snacks and awards. Here is the link for registration: https://goo.gl/forms/lEJ2a4LVhFtPp2Po2

We have provided a "teaser" puzzle to give you a taste of the kind of mathematical challenges your teams will face on April 21. Contact me (pjcouch@lamar.edu) or see the website (https://sites.google.com/site/pjcouchlamar/outreach/mapp) for more information, and feel free to share it with whomever you like; I hope to hear from you soon!
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Feb 23, 2018, 11:48 AM