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.

2019 Contest Information

  • January 28, 2019:  Problems announced and contest opens
  • March 23, 2019: Deadline to enter - entries must be postmarked by March 23 to be eligible
  • April 30, 2019: Notification of winners
  • Winning entry for each grade band receives a $25.00 Walmart Gift card and a class pizza party. 
  • Entries will be received by mail only. No online entries will be accepted.

The 2019 Contest is now open!

Read over the official rules, and then download the problem for your grade band. All entries must be postmarked by March 23, 2019. Have fun!

Official Rules

K - 2 Problem

3 - 5 Problem

6 - 8 Problem

Algebra I Problem

Above Algebra I Problem

We congratulate the 2018 winners of the beauty contest!

K - 2

Winner: Liam Riedy
Teacher: Hattie Mauch
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Alexandria, VA

3 - 5

Winner: Susanna Whitehead
Teacher:  Alison Bonnell
St. Catherine's School
Richmond, VA

6 - 8

Winner:  Ellie Long
Teacher:  Sharon Hancock
St. Catherine's School
Richmond, VA

9 - Algebra I

Winner:  Sophia Fernandez
Teacher:  Brett Degnan
St. Catherine's School
Richmond, VA

Above Algebra I

Winner:  May Suri
Teacher:  Brett Degnan
St. Catherine's School
Richmond, VA

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 contest.  Thank you for sharing the beauty of mathematics!

For all participants, please download this certificate of participation in recognition of your accomplishment.

Past Problem Sets

PO Box 73593
Richmond, VA 23235

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