It would be impossible to mention this event without WWPMT, the West Windsor-Plainsboro Math Tournament. From 2013-2018, WWPMT was an annual math tournament for 3rd-8th graders, and the program from which this event has its roots.
More than just a contest:
While competition math is wonderful, even in our WWPMT days, our goal has always been to be more than just a contest. Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about winning or losing, but about the cool math you learn, the friendships you build, and the character you build through perseverance through hard problems, not to say the sharp insight and the armor of problem solving strategies gained through working through problems.
Seeking a more collaborative experience, while easing the pressure of “doing well” in a test, we aimed to create a new type of math event: WWPME.
What’s changed since WWPMT?
WWPME, while similar in some aspects to its predecessor WWPMT, will be very different in
others. The biggest
change that we have made is replacing the testing portion with a more collaborative and
solving portion. Rather than sitting silently and taking a test for an hour, we felt a
better way to foster a
love for math could be found in collaboration. Our goal has always been to encourage young
students to see the
fun in math, and looking retrospectively, just arbitrarily testing their knowledge does not
that goal. Due to this our problem solving session will consist of collaborative and
Please note, the problem solving session is NOT a contest in anyway. No tests will be graded, and obviously no scores will be released. Additionally, as the problem solving portion now is ungraded, the format for the problem sets will change slightly. Visit the expo information page to learn more about the format of the session.
The WWPME is only possible through the combined effort of many dozens of people; we would like to express our deepest gratitudes to our student volunteers, administrators, teachers, parents and student participants for helping to make this expo possible.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitudes to Princeton AoPS (Princeton Art of Problem Solving), for donating book prizes and advertising WWPME within their community. AoPS is an online school with textbooks, courses, and many other resources for eager math students grades 2-12, and Princeton AoPS brings those resources and teaching methods into a physical classroom setting. Be sure to check out everything they offer here.
We would also like to give a special thanks to Wolfram, for donating Wolfram Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha subscription prizes. Wolfram Research is one of the world's most respected computer, web and cloud software companies—as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. You can learn more here.
We would also like to give a special thanks to Desmos, for donating Desmos swag. Desmos is known worldwide as one of the world's most advanced and easy-to-use online graphing calculators. However, unknown to most, Desmos additionally works on new scientific and technical innovation. You can learn more here.