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 more
collaborative and immersive team-based and problem-solving portions.
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
More detailed descriptions of the format for the team-based portion (for all participants) and the problem-solving portions (for 6-8 graders) can be found on the Expo Information page.
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.