FAQ

Team advisors and students can find a lot of information about participating in this program in the Math Video Challenge Playbook and in the "Get Started" section of the website. Below are frequently asked questions, organized into the following 4 topics:

  • General Questions
  • Registration + Forming a Team
  • Creating a Video
  • Judging Criteria

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 in which middle school students work in teams of 4 to create a video that explains the solution to a MATHCOUNTS problem and demonstrates a real-world application of the math concepts explored in the problem. Unlike typical math competitions, the Math Video Challenge encourages collaboration and allows students to build on their creativity, improve their communcation skills and use technology. This program is great for all students—whether they already love math and want opportunities to solve problems in a unique way, or fear math and need opportunities to feel successful.

 

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.

 

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT DATES FOR THIS PROGRAM?

You can download a detailed list of the most important dates for this year's Math Video Challenge here. A summary timeline is below.

  • September 2017-March 2018: Program Registration + Video Submission Open
  • February 12, 2018: Suggested Deadline for Video Submissions
  • February 13-March 14, 2018: General Public Voting
  • March 14, 2018: Final Deadline for Video Submissions
  • March 16, 2018: Top 100 Videos Announced
  • March 26, 2018: 20 Semifinalist Videos Announced
  • April 2, 2018: 4 Finalist Videos Announced
  • May 12-15, 2018: 2018 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, DC

 

WHAT IS THE COST?

Free! Due to the generous support of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation's sponsors there is no cost to participate in the Math Video Challenge.

 

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES AND AWARDS?

  • Participation-Based Prizes: Teams that have submitted a video to the Math Video Challenge are automatically entered into a Boogie Prize Drawing. These drawings take place monthly from October 2017 through January 2018 and then weekly during February and March 2018. One video winner is chosen at random for each drawing, and each member of the winning team receives a $25 Amazon.com gift card. Learn more here.
  • Semifinalist Prizes: In March 2018, 20 semifinalist videos are announced. The students who created these videos each receive recognition on the Math Video Challenge website and certificates.
  • Finalist Prizes: In April 2018, 4 finalist videos are announced. The students who created these videos and their team advisors win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2017 Math Video Challenge at the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL. The students also receive plaques and recognition on the Math Video Challenge website.
  • First Place Prizes: Each member of the overall winning team receives recognition on the Math Video Challenge website, a trophy and a $1,000 college scholarship.

 

ARE THERE MEASURES IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF THE INFORMATION I ENTER INTO THE MATH VIDEO CHALLENGE WEBSITE?

Yes. 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 REGISTER?

Team advisors must start the registration process. If you're a team advisor, you can register for the 2017-2018 Math Video Challenge here (registration currently closed).

The online nature of this contest necessitates that each of the 4 student team members get permission from a parent/guardian. This adds an extra step to the registration process, but it's a really important one. More information about how to register can be found in the Guide for New Team Advisors, which is part of the 2017-2018 Math Video Challenge Playbook. Here is a summary of how the registration process works.

  • Team advisor registers here. (registration currently closed)
  • Team advisor creates a new team on the program website.
  • Team advisor requests parent/guardian permission for each student team member—either online or offline.
  • Parent/guardian of each student team member completes the permission form—either online or offline—and submits it to MATHCOUNTS.
  • Team's registration is complete once parent/guardian permission is received for all 4 student team members.

 

WHAT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TEAM ADVISOR?

The team advisor is responsible for completing the team registration process (including getting parent/guardian permission for each student team member) 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 4 finalists, the team advisor will serve as the team's chaperone at the 2018 Math Video Challenge Finals in Washington, DC. For more information on the role of the team advisor, refer to the Guide for New Team Advisors.

 

ARE PARENTS/GUARDIANS REQUIRED TO HAVE INTERNET ACCESS IN ORDER FOR THEIR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE?

No. Parents are not required to have internet access. During the registration process, there is a step that requires parent/guardian permission, but any parent/guardian who does not have internet access can submit the 2017-2018 Offline Permission Form in order to complete this step.

 

DO I NEED PERMISSION FROM MY SCHOOL TO REGISTER A TEAM?

No. Students can participate in the Math Video Challenge through their school, or outside of their school. Please note, although a student does not need explicit permission from his/her school to participate, s/he will need permission from his/her parent/guardian.

 

CAN STUDENTS IN HOMESCHOOLS PARTICIPATE?

Yes! We welcome members of the homeschool community to participate in the Math Video Challenge and the registration process for this program is the same for all teams, regardless of what type of school or group is participating.

 

DO ALL 4 TEAM MEMBERS HAVE TO BE FROM THE SAME SCHOOL?

No. As long as each of the 4 students is eligible to compete, then they can combine to form a team.

 

IS EACH TEAM REQUIRED TO HAVE 4 STUDENTS? CAN I SIGN UP WITH FEWER THAN 4 TEAM MEMBERS?

Each team must have 4 student team members. All 4 students do not need to be from the same school. Videos submitted from teams with fewer than 4 students will not be considered for prizes or advancement in the contest. All 4 students do not need to appear in the video, but each of the 4 students must participate in the creation of the video.

 

CAN A STUDENT BE ON MORE THAN 1 TEAM?

Yes, a student may be on more than one team.

 

HOW LONG SHOULD EACH VIDEO BE?

Each video can be a maximum of 5 minutes, and most videos submitted to the contest are between 3 and 5 minutes in length. Videos longer than 5 minutes will not be considered for prizes or advancement in the contest.

 

WHO CAN BE IN THE VIDEO?

Anyone may be in the video, but only the 4 official student team members will receive prizes and recognition for the video. If a team chooses to include extras in its video, then the team is responsible for obtaining all necessary paperwork and permissions for participation. MATHCOUNTS provides team advisors with a Video Release for Non-Team Members, which they can use to obtain permission for any extras under the age of 18.

 

DO ALL 4 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 students prefer to contribute to the video by doing work off-camera, that is totally fine!

 

CAN VIDEOS CONTAIN CONTENT THAT THE TEAM MEMBERS THEMSELVES DID NOT CREATE?

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 of monetary value. There are a few ways for teams to include content not created by the 4 team members, but before including any such content, the team members should refer to the guidelines on the Using Music + Video in Your Video page.

 

WHAT VIDEO FORMATS ARE ALLOWED IN THE CONTEST?

The following file types are allowed in the Math Video Challenge: 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.

 

CAN ONE TEAM ENTER MULTIPLE VIDEOS?

Yes, a team can create and submit as many videos as desired! And, having additional videos in the contest will make a team more likely to be selected as a winner in one of the contest's Boogie Prize Drawings.

 

HOW DO I FIND A VIDEO AFTER IT HAS BEEN UPLOADED?

MATHCOUNTS has incorporated search criteria in the online video archive for teams and individuals to locate their videos after they have been uploaded. Search criteria include problem number, Common Core State Standard or subject area. Videos can also be found by searching for team information, such as the team's school name or home state.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO A TEAM'S VIDEO AFTER THE CHALLENGE IS OVER?

All videos submitted to the Math Vidoe Challenge will be archived for public use. Each video will be cross-referenced with a specific MATHCOUNTS problem and indexed to a specific math concept and Common Core Standard. This library—currently over 1000 videos strong—is a free and powerful teaching tool for both teachers and students!

 

WHAT SHOULD TEAM ADVISORS AND STUDENTS DO IF THEY ARE HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES?

The best way to get help in the event of technical difficulties is to send an email to videochallenge@mathcounts.org. Participants also may call the MATHCOUNTS national office at 703-299-9006 during normal business hours.

 

WHO CAN VOTE ON THE VIDEOS DURING GENERAL PUBLIC VOTING?

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 1 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 SEMIFINALISTS AND FINALISTS?

The judges panel will include representation from a cross section of individuals representing MATHCOUNTS staff, educational technology experts, and mathematics education professionals.

 

HOW ARE VIDEOS EVALUATED IN THE CONTEST?

In the first round of the contest, the top 100 videos are determined solely based on general public voting. The 100 videos that receive the most votes between February 13, 2017 and March 14, 2018 advance to the judging rounds. During the judging rounds, videos are evaluated based on the following criteria, in order to select the 20 semifinalists and then the 4 finalists:

  • Creativity: Is the style well-suited for the audience/middle school students? Is the story engaging? Is the video memorable? Does the video show imagination?
  • Communication: Is the math communicated clearly and logically? Is time used effectively? Are important ideas emphasized? Is the video easy to understand and follow?
  • Mathematical Accuracy: Is an appropriate approach to solving the problem used? Are there any errors? Is the solution explained clearly?
  • Real-World Application: Does the video present a real-world application of the math concepts in the problem? Is the real-world scenario believable?

Videos also must adhere to the contest rules, including time requirements, and cannot include copyrighted material.

 

If you have a question that was not answered here, please contact us at videochallenge@mathcounts.org or (703) 299-9006!