Do you want to research a mathematics topic of your choice and then participate in a local math fair?
"MATH FAIR COMMITTEE STATEMENT
To students planning to enter the Fair and the Parents/Teachers of those students:
The Math Fair is significantly different from your other math experiences, such as Mathletes, in at least two
respects. First, you will investigate a project for months, developing your own ideas about the topic and
presenting them orally. In math class or Mathletes, the time span for a problem is minutes, not months. The Math
Fair gives you the opportunity to develop your "math power" -the ability to investigate one topic and then to stand
before a group of judges, peers and parents and defend your work. However, the second and major difference is
the element of subjectivity and luck involved in the Math Fair. It occurs when you are placed in a room in the
Preliminary and Final Rounds.
In the Preliminary Round, some rooms will have one or two winners and others will have three or four winners.
You may be placed by the luck of the draw in a room of excellent papers. Had you been in another room, you
might have won. The evaluation of your presentation and paper is subjective. To reduce this subjectivity, the
Math Fair will be sending your paper to the judges before the Preliminary Round.
Some Tips and a Warning:
In the Preliminary Round, the judges will have had your paper for about two weeks. Your presentation on
your paper is still the key to winning. Practice it as often as you can. Have note cards to help with the
presentation, but don't read your paper to the judges. Talk to them about the significant parts of the
paper. Good homemade visuals always help.
Warning: We will disqualify you for plagiarism, and no medal will be awarded even if you won at the
Preliminary Round. Judges have been given web sites where they can verify whether or not the paper has
been plagiarized. Moreover, your paper should have a Bibliography and your footnotes should conform to
your school's standards. Finally, you are required to sign on the application form that the paper has not
The subjectivity of the Fair is difficult for students, parents, and teachers to accept. To balance this subjectivity
we have an outstanding group of judges, all volunteers. Most of the judges have many years of Math Fair
experience. All have outstanding knowledge in mathematics. Most are teachers while others are engineers or
other professionals in math related fields. The goal of all judges is to give you the best possible experience in the
Math Fair. We hope you decide to enter the Fair."