MATHCOUNTS is a national competition series that is open to all middle school students. There are four levels of competition: School, Chapter, State, and National. School and Chapter competitions usually begin in January and the series ends with the National competition in May. Each competition consists of four different parts: Sprint Round, Target Round, Team […]

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### Upcoming Knights of Pi Math Tournament

The annual Knights of Pi Math Tournament (KPMT) is coming up soon! This year it will be held on Saturday, January 7th at Newport High School. KPMT is hosted by Newport Math Club and is aimed towards 5th to 8th graders. The competition is split into two divisions, 5th-6th graders and 7th-8th graders, and it […]

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### Zeno Seattle MathFest 2016 Recap

Zeno is a non-profit organization in Seattle that aims to inspire kids’s passions for math. Zeno engages elementary school students from communities in need with activities that increase their confidence in math. On November 10th, Zeno held it’s annual MathFest event at the Ranier Community Center in Seattle. Most of the kids who attended the event […]

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### Fall Startup Recap

Fall Startup took place on October 6th, 2016. It was held at high schools across the nation. This competition, catered mostly towards grades 9-12, focused on speed; competitors were given 30 minutes to answer as many of the 100 problems on the test as they could. Most of the problems were straightforward and basic competition-style questions, and […]

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### What is WSMA?

Are you interested in getting more involved with math this coming school year? If you’re in high school, one great way to get started is to join the Washington Student Math Association (WSMA) leadership team. We are a student-driven nonprofit organization that allows team members themselves to take action in various ways with the ultimate […]

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### On Farey Sequences

Think back to when you were in elementary school and first learned about fractions. You learned that there is a numerator and denominator, and then you learned about multiplication. Multiplication was simple. All you need to do is multiply the numerators and then multiply the denominators to get the numerator and denominator, just as follows: […]

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### Kenken Challenge

Most people know how to play Sudoku. But have you heard of Kenken? Kenken is a arithmetic and logic puzzle with a similar end goal to Sudoku, where you need to fill in the grid completely. Unlike Sudoku, Kenken has bolded cage areas with specific arithmetic operations. The objective of the game is to fill […]

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### A Day in the Life of a Math Camper

If you’re considering signing up for a math camp program then this post may be helpful! We’re going to be walking through a typical day in math camp to give you an idea of what it’s like and if it would be worth your time. Before we get started it’s important to note that different […]

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### Recap on Math Mania 2016

WSMA held its annual Math Mania event on June 11 at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square. Members of the our team organized different stations, each focusing on a different aspect of math including hands-on games, logic, and optimization problems. At each station, the kids were given stamps for solving the math problems and participating in games. We made […]

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### Bayesian Search: A Twist on Pacman

Pacman is a timeless arcade game. But have you ever heard of the Bayesian search theorem? Bayesian search utilizes Bayesian statistics to search for lost objects. For example, it’s used in finding sunken ships and lost airplanes. Bayesian search theory has been used to successfully find the USS Scorpion, a lost hydrogen bomb in 1966 Spain, and […]

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