Math Challenge

Oct 13, 2022
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Who can participate?

  • Only high school students in grades 11 and 12. Students may register as individual participants and do not have to attend with a teacher. Students from a distance can talk with the Admissions Office regarding possible reimbursement of travel costs if this is their first visit to Dordt University.
  • Teachers may register themselves and their students as a group.


The registration deadline is September 30. There is no fee to attend. Lunch on campus is included, free of charge. Disclaimer: Photographs may be taken at the event. Participation indicates the willingness of having photos displayed unless specifically requested otherwise.

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What to expect

A full day of activities that include the following:

  • Student math competitions with prizes.
  • Professional growth and networking opportunities for teachers.
  • Discussions and hands-on experiences with Dordt University professors, looking at career opportunities in math and related subjects.

Breakout Sessions

Session leader: Tom Clark

In this tasty sounding session, we will explore population dynamics experimentally through the use of everyone’s favorite colorful candy. Which colors will live and which will die? Only the mathematics will tell.

Session leader: Mike Janssen

In this session, we’ll explore a new two-player game that was created in 2020. We’ll play some simple versions of it and try to develop some strategies.

Session leaders: Math Education Students

Armed with a pencil and a protractor, teams will embark on a race around campus to be the first to reach the final destination. Prizes will be awarded, problem solving skills are a must.

Session leader: Nate Benjamin

We will be exploring an interesting game of dice, but these are no ordinary dice! Which die is the best? The answer might surprise you! Can you use the power of probability to figure out the winning strategy?

Session leader: Jay White

Have you ever wondered how cryptocurrencies and blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum work? We will explore some of the things that make them tick, including a bit of the foundational mathematics behind cryptography. We may even play a game with digital coins!

See the beautiful Dordt University campus on a walking tour with an Admissions Office tour guide.


Katie Gillespie
Science and Technology Administrative Assistant

A picture of campus behind yellow prairie flowers