What are the official rules and terms of participation in the Math Video Challenge?
The official rules and terms of participation can be found here. Every participant in the Math Video Challenge must agree and consent to these rules and terms in order to participate.
What is the Math Video Challenge?
The Math Video Challenge is an online competition that encourages student innovation as they create and star in their own math videos. This free competition, brought to you by MATHCOUNTS and lead sponsor the Department of Defense, will excite students about math while allowing them to hone their creativity and communication skills. To participate, students form teams of four and must utilize technology to create videos based on one of the math problems included in the 2013-2014 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook. The videos are posted to the Math Video Challenge website, and the creators of the top videos will win prizes, including scholarships and all-expenses-paid trips to Orlando, FL!
Who can participate?
The Math Video Challenge is open to U.S. students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Please see the official rules and terms of participation for details on official eligibility.
When does the Math Video Challenge start?
You can create your videos now! Download the 2013-2014 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook and choose a problem for your video. The registration period will open in September 2013.
What are the important dates?
- Registration and video submission open: Fall 2013
- Last day to submit videos before voting beings: February 3, 2014
- Public voting beings: February 4, 2014
- Public voting ends: March 14, 2014
- Top 100 voted videos advance to judging: March 15, 2014
- 20 semifinalist videos announced: March 28, 2014
- 4 finalist videos announced: April 4, 2014
- 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition: May 8-11, 2014 in Orlando, FL
How do I register?
Once registration opens, a team must have its Team Advisor register by clicking the "Login/Register" link at the top of videochallenge.mathcounts.org and submit the team member information. Team Members then will receive emails with links that will allow them to register with the team. After a student registers, his/her parent/guardian will receive an email request to grant his/her child permission to participate in the contest. Once parent/guardian permission is received for all four students, the team will be activated and able to upload videos onto the site.
What is the cost?
FREE! There is no cost to particpate in the Math Video Challenge.
Do I need permission from my school to register a team?
While a student does not need explicit permission from his/her school to participate, the student will need permission from his/her parent/guardian and Team Advisor.
Does each team need four students? Can I sign up with fewer than four Team Members?
Each team must have four student Team Members. All four students do not need to be from the same school. Videos submitted from teams with fewer than four students will not be considered for prizes. All four students do not need to appear in the video, but each of the four students must participate in the creation of the video.
Can I be on more than one team?
Yes, a student may be on more than one team.
What is the responsibility of the Team Advisor?
The Team Advisor is responsible for registering the team and is responsible for the final approval of the team's video submission. In addition, if the Advisor's team is selected as one of the four finalists, the Team Advisor will serve as the team's chaperone at the MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL.
How long should each video be?
Each video can be a maximum of five minutes. Videos longer than five minutes will not be considered for prizes.
Who can be in the video?
Anyone may be in the video, but only the four official team members will receive prizes and recognition for the video. If a team chooses to include extras in its video, the team is responsible for obtaining all necessary paperwork and permissions for participation.
Do all four Team Members have to appear in the video?
No. Team Members may choose to divide up the work in the video creation process however they choose. If some Team Members prefer to contribute to the video by doing work off-camera, that is totally fine!
Can my team enter multiple videos?
Yes! Your team can create and submit as many videos as it wants.
Do all four Team Members have to be from the same school?
No. As long as all four students are eligible to compete, they are eligible to combine on a team.
Can students in homeschools participate?
Yes! We welcome members of the homeschool community to participate in the Math Video Challenge.
What happens to my video after the competition is over?
All videos submitted to the competition will be archived for public use. Each video will be cross-referenced with a specific MATHCOUNTS problems, indexed to a specific math concept, and a Common Core Standard. This library of videos will be a free and powerful teaching tool for both teachers and students.
What are the prizes?
Each member of the four finalist teams and the team advisors win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL. Each Team Member of the final winning team will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
Who can vote on the videos?
Anyone! We encourage teams to promote their videos to all of their friends, family, and classmates in order to increase their vote totals.
Can voters only vote for one video?
No. Voters can vote for as many videos as they wish. Though voters may vote for a video multiple times, each voter is limited to voting for each video once in a 24-hour period.
Who is on the judges panel that will decide the finalists?
The judges panel will include representation from a cross section of individuals representing MATHCOUNTS staff, educational technology experts, and mathematics education professionals.
On what criteria are the videos judged?
Videos will be judged on a variety of criteria: creativity, originality, mathematical accuracy, and adherence to time guidelines.
What are some of the things judges may consider?
- Is an appropriate approach to the solution of the problem used?
- Are the facts/logic correct?
- Is the use of vocabulary and notation correct?
- Does the video explain the mathematical concept in a way that is clear to the viewer?
- Is the language of mathematics used to express mathematical ideas precisely?
- Is the mathematical thinking communicated coherently?
- Does this video use time effectively?
- Are important ideas emphasized?
- Are ideas explained in a logical manner?
- Is sufficient detail used?
- Is the video unique/memorable?
- Does the video show the use of imagination by the creators?
- Does the video present a clear application of the math concept addressed in the problem?
- Is the real-world application relevant to the audience?
Can videos contain any content the Team Members did not create ourselves?
Math Video Challenge submissions must be free of copyrighted material. Although Math Video Challenge videos are educational in nature, the Fair Use Copyright Doctrine would not apply to these videos because they are being submitted as entries in a contest for which there are prizes with a monetary value. Math Video Challenge videos may include content which has been released into the public domain. On request, teams that choose to include content from the public domain must be able to provide documentation regarding where this content was obtained so its eligibility as content in the public domain can be verified.
What if I am having technical difficulties?
Your best method of addressing technical difficulties is to send an email to email@example.com. You also may call the MATHCOUNTS main office at 703-299-9006 during normal business hours.
On what format should a team create its video?
Allowed file types: mp4, ogg, avi, mov, wmv, flv, ogv, webm.
Is there a file size limit for videos?
Video files must be under 500 MB in size.
How do I find my video after it has been uploaded?
MATHCOUNTS has incorporated search criteria for teams and individuals to locate their videos after they have been uploaded. Search criteria can include problem number, Common Core State Standard or subject area. You also can search for your video through your team information, such as your school name or your home state.
Are there measures in place to protect the safety of the information I enter into the Math Video Challenge website?
MATHCOUNTS uses security procedures designed to protect the information obtained from all participants against unauthorized access and alteration during its storage and use, by us. MATHCOUNTS has implemented a security measure called SSL encryption that protects submitted information during its transmission. SSL utilizes data encryption to create a secure environment in which to transmit information.
How do I vote for a video?
Please click here to download our voting guide.