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Moody's Mega Math Challenge provides free math modeling resources

High school math competition provides FREE proprietary study aids to guide students in and out of the classroom

Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a rigorous team competition known for its distinctive hands-on learning experience for high school students, offers participants resources to use well into their careers. This year - the competition's 10th anniversary - marks the first time competitors will have access to licenses and subscriptions not previously offered during the annual contest.

Students who register for the 2015 M3 Challenge will have yearlong access to free licenses to Wolfram Research's Mathematica Student Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro, both designed to guide students through mathematical concepts and modeling. The subscription and training materials are approved for use during Challenge weekend (February 28-March 1, 2015) during which, student teams have just 14 hours to complete a solution to a real-world problem.

Recognizing the need for more practice problems and applicable ways to connect students to math modeling, organizers behind the M3 Challenge worked with professors and industrial mathematicians to develop the "Monthly Dialogue," an interactive portion of the Challenge website that offers a different applied math topic or modeling resource monthly. This new online feature is free and open to the public, and includes a live forum, where visitors can interact with fellow competitors, mathematicians and even the problem author in real time.

"The M3 challenge takes place once per year, but using math to understand and investigate real world problems happens every day," said M3 Challenge judge Dr. Ben Galluzzo, who's also on the problem development committee and an associate professor of mathematics at Shippensburg University. "By sharing ideas from the Challenge problem repository in our new Monthly Dialogue, we're providing high school students an opportunity to discover how math is applicable and relevant to their everyday lives. We're sparking interest in real world solutions, and motivating these students to start modeling with mathematics."

For the second year, students also have access to the free handbook "Math Modeling: Getting Started and Getting Solutions," published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The handbook helps readers apply the math modeling process to everyday issues and is available for download here. Additionally, a printed version is available for purchase.

Visit m3challenge.siam.org to take advantage of these free resources, or to register a team by February 20, 2015. The Challenge is available to high school juniors and seniors in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

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About the Sponsor

The Moody's Foundation, a charitable organization established by Moody's Corporation, is committed to supporting education, in particular the study of mathematics, finance and economics. The Foundation also funds specific initiatives in the areas of global economic development, microfinance, civic, health and human services as well as arts and cultural programs. The Foundation supports programs located in select metropolitan areas in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world.

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.0 billion in 2013, employs approximately 9,500 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 33 countries. Further information is available at http://www.moodys.com.

About the Organizer

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of over 14,000 individual members, including applied and computational mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and engineers. Members from 85 countries are researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in industry, government, laboratories, and academia. The Society, which also includes nearly 500 academic and corporate institutional members, serves and advances the disciplines of applied mathematics and computational science by publishing a variety of books and prestigious peer-reviewed research journals, by conducting conferences, and by hosting activity groups in various areas of mathematics. SIAM provides many opportunities for students including regional sections and student chapters. Further information is available at http://www.siam.org.