The hexagon shaped Mathlete Competition logo featuring the Project INSPIRE owl reading a math book.
Announcement

Mathlete Competition

Find out how your child or student can participate in this online math competition on May 4, 2024!

What is a Mathlete Competition?

Braille readers in grades 6-12 who live in the United States will participate in a 2-hour online competition on May 4, 2024. There are four rounds in which all mathletes will compete. They are:

  • Sprint Round: Read a problem written in words and select the correct way to braille the problem from the 3 answer choices.
  • You Solve It Round: Read and solve a math problem using the order of operations.
  • You Write It Round: Listen to a math problem being read aloud and then braille the problem.
  • Relay Round: Solve a math problem and then plug the answer into the next problem.

Junior Mathlete Practice Materials and Answer Keys

Junior Mathletes held their practice session on April 6. Below are links to the files so that families and educators can practice with their mathlete. Answer keys are also provided.

Junior Proctor Information: For each round, proctors should read the directions exactly as written. Be sure to set a timer so your mathlete can get used to the time limit for the round. Mathletes must use a Perkins braillewriter. They may use an abacus, but not a calculator. Mathletes may use an addition/subtraction and/or multiplication/division chart.

Junior Nemeth Practice Rounds
Sprint Round   PDF  BRF
You Solve It Round PDF BRF
Relay PDF BRF

Junior UEB Practice Rounds

Sprint Round   PDF  BRF
You Solve It Round PDF BRF
Relay PDF BRF

Here are the answer keys for the four rounds of competition.

  • NEMETH Code Answer Key PDF BRF
  • UEB MATH Answer Key PDF BRF

What Type of Math Knowledge Does a Student Need to Have to be a Mathlete?

Junior Mathletes should be able to read, write, and solve problems in braille that contain fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, degrees, exponents, and grouping symbols. They should also be able to solve problems using what they know about the order of operations.

Senior Mathletes should be proficient with all of the Junior Mathlete content. In addition, they should be able to read, write, and solve longer problems in braille that may contain radicals, absolute value, negative numbers, and geometry.

Take a look at the sample problems to see if Project INSPIRE’S Mathlete Competition is a good fit for the potential mathlete.

Nemeth Sample Problems PDF BRF

UEB Math Sample Problems PDF BRF

How Can I Learn More?

Watch the video recording below from the information session we held on March 7, 2024.

Junior Mathletes should be able to read, write, and solve problems in braille that contain fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, degrees, exponents, and grouping symbols. They should also be able to solve problems using what they know about the order of operations.

Senior Mathletes should be proficient with all of the Junior Mathlete content. In addition, they should be able to read, write, and solve longer problems in braille that may contain radicals, absolute value, negative numbers, and geometry.

Will My Child Receive Anything for Participation?

All mathletes who compete in the four events on Saturday, May 4, 2024 will receive a certificate and t-shirt. First, second, and third place winners will receive a medal.

How Will My Child Know if They Won?

We will hold an Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at which time winners will be announced. We will also have a special guest who uses braille and works in the math field!

Who do I Contact if I Have Questions?

Please email Tina Herzberg at herzberg@uscupstate.edu if you have questions.