MaPP at South

University of South Alabama

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The University of South Alabama’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics has partnered with Mathematical Puzzle Programs to bring fun mathematical events to its campus in beautiful Mobile, AL. Students participating in MaPP events will solve puzzles, break codes, and engage with new areas of real mathematics used in academia and industry!

What is this about?

To try out a MaPP-style puzzle, download and print the High School Challenge ‘17 teaser puzzle. You can also download the High School Challenge ‘16 game book. More information on MaPP puzzles can be found at MaPP’s puzzles page.

No advanced mathematical background is required for these puzzles, so this event is appropriate for both proficient and less-experienced secondary mathematics students.

High School Challenge ‘17

South will host the MaPP High School Challenge ‘17 on Saturday, March 25. Check-in will begin at 10am in Instructional Laboritories Building #140; parking is available at the University Blvd and William and Mary St intersection. The game will be finished by 3pm. A pizza lunch and light snacks for all players and chaperones is included in the cost of registration.

High schools are invited to register one or two teams for this event on our online form. To cover the cost of food and materials, the registration fee for this event is $100 for one team or $150 for two teams from the same school. Checks should be made out to the University of South Alabama and mailed to:

Prof. Steven Clontz
USA Dept of Math and Stats
411 University Boulevard North, ILB #314
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Your registration is not considered final until this fee is paid, and space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis to the first eight teams who complete registration and payment. Please contact the organizer if you’d like your school to participate but lack funding to pay this fee. Please register before March 1 so that food and supplies may be ordered in time for the event.

Each team must be accompanied by a teacher or chaperone. The game begins with a puzzle that takes place throughout the east side of South’s campus (bounded between USA South Dr, USA North Dr, and University Blvd), so players are encouraged to bring cell phones for communication.

Contact Prof. Steven Clontz for more information. More information on the High School Challenge may be found on the MaPP website.