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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.

2021 Contest Information

  • April 1, 2021:  Problems announced and contest opens
  • May 7, 2021: Deadline to enter -- all entries must be postmarked by May 7 to be eligible
  • June 1, 2021: Winners announced
  • 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 2021 Contest is now open!

Read over the official rules, and then download the problem for your grade band. All entries must be postmarked by May 7, 2021. Have fun!

Official Rules

K - 2 Problem

3 - 5 Problem

6 - 8 Problem

Algebra I Problem

Above Algebra I Problem

We congratulate the 2019 winners of the beauty contest!

K - 2

Winner: Chevy Wood
Buckingham County Primary School
Dillwyn, VA

3 - 5

Winner: Rome Cosby
North Elementary School
Colonial Heights, VA

6 - 8

Winner:  Laurel Sutphin
Carroll County Middle School
Hillsville, VA

9 - Algebra I

Winner:  Kate Mitchell
St. Catherine's School
Richmond, VA

Above Algebra I

Winner:  Adhya Yaratha
Our Lady of the Lourdes Catholic School
Glen Allen, VA

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2019 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

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics
PO Box 73593
Richmond, VA 23235

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