Why we do what we do.

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Teaching students through mathematical puzzles

The mission of Mathematical Puzzle Programs (MaPP) is to organize quality events which get students having fun by learning and using mathematics.


Our mathematical content is pulled from various areas unrepresented in the usual secondary curriculum, such as design theory, game theory, or topology.


We shredded the multiple choice tests, and instead designed several mathematical puzzles which will give your students a taste of real mathematical problem solving, and prepare them for the types of questions asked in many job interviews.


MaPP features a team-based competitions, emphasizing collaboration and communication over individual work, as teamwork is crucial for success in both industry and academia.


Many of the challenges can’t be solved sitting down - players will find themselves running around their host campus to track down clues and uncover new puzzles to solve.

Supports Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice

Successful players in MaPP events will…

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  4. Model with mathematics.

  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

  6. Attend to precision.

  7. Look for and make use of structure.

  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

More information may be found at: http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Practice/

MaPP and Research

One of the goals of Mathematical Puzzle Programs is to connect middle and high school students with mathematical research. In the past, MaPP programs have included puzzles based upon topology, game theory, design theory, and many other fields. By introducing these topics in the context of a mathematical puzzle competition, students are motivated to grapple with the material in order to discover the hidden messages within.

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