Expo Information

Summary
  • WWPME will take place at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (346 Clarksville Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550) on Saturday, October 26th, 2019.
  • 3rd - 5th grade participants should be at WWPME by 8:45 AM, and 6th - 8th grade participants should be here by 2:00 PM.
  • 3rd - 5th grade participants must be picked up at 1:00 PM, and 6th-8th grade participants must be picked up at 6:15 PM.
  • The full schedule for WWPME can be found here.

  • Bring a pencil or pen to work on the problem set with; don't bring calculators or drawing tools.
    Payment Information:
    Bring your $15 registration payment in cash, unless you choose to pay by mailed check (instructions here) in which it is $10. Checks must be mailed before October 12th in order for them to arrive in time for WWPME.
  • General Information:
  • WWPME will consist of two parts: an exploration and an exposition. During the exploratory session, students will explore the depth of mathematics by working on a problem set of 20 challenging, short-answer questions for their grade. After 30 minutes of individual discovery, they will come together with other young mathematicians, their peers, and collaborate for solutions for the remaining 30 minutes.
  • After this, students will partake in the expository portion of WWPME. Here, through the various mini-events, they will be able to sample different math-related topics, and get a taste of the breadth of mathematics. For more information on mini-events, click here.
  • Important: An ID is required for every student. Acceptable ID is either your school-issued student ID card or any other official photo ID verifying your name and age (either on a phone or printed out).

Schedule

The 2019 WWPME will take place on October 26, 2019.

The expo consists of two sessions; the first session is in the morning and runs from 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM and is for 3rd to 5th graders. The second half (in the afternoon) runs from 2:00 PM - 6:15 PM and is for 6th to 8th graders. Please note: all 3rd to 5th graders need to be picked up by 1 PM and all 6th to 8th graders need to be picked up by 6:15 PM.

Below is a detailed schedule of the event:

Time
Event
Morning Expo (3rd to 5th graders) begins. No 6th-8th graders should be present during the morning expo.

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Check In: All 3rd-5th grade participants need to arrive during this time. Please arrive and park at the back entrance of the school (the Penn Lyle Road side). Participants should have a printout of their registration confirmation (either the email or the version on the site after registration is fine) as well as $15 cash, if they have not paid for their registration online. After checking in, students should walk into the school's New Theater adjacent to the check-in area where the opening ceremonies will happen.

Please note: late participants will not be allowed to participate, so please be on time.

9:25 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Ceremonies: All participants must be checked in by this time. The opening ceremonies will last twenty minutes in the New Theater; important directions and an overview of the competition will be given here. After the opening ceremony, students will be led to the lunch area where the problem solving session will be hosted.

9:55 AM - 10:55 AM

Problem Exploration: The main event of the Expo is the problem solving session, which will last for an hour in total for 3-5 grade. After the session, students will be led to their scheduled mini-event (located in the school's Commons) by WWPME volunteers.

11:05 AM - 12:15 PM

Mini-Events: These fun activities are the highlight of the Expo; they are run by WWPME volunteers and include events like Secret Codes and Escape Rooms (see below for a full listing). After the mini-events, students will be led back to the theater for the closing ceremonies. Make sure to check your account prior to the event so that you know which minievents you(or your child) is enrolled in.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies: Prizes will be raffled out to participants through tickets which will be earned throughout the Expo. More information on the prizes is available here. After the awards ceremony, parents must pick their children up from the New Theater and leave the expo premises as soon as possible. (Note: parents are allowed and are encouraged to come at the start of the closing ceremony!)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Volunteer Break: Volunteers will have lunch and will reset both the problem solving locations and their mini-events to their original conditions in preparation for the afternoon expo. No participants are to be on the school premises during this time.


Afternoon Expo (6th to 8th graders) begins. No 3rd-5th graders should be present during the afternoon Expo.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Check In: All 6th-8th grade participants need to arrive during this time. Please arrive and park at the back entrance of the school (the Penn Lyle Road side). Participants should have a printout of their registration confirmation (either the email or the version on the site after registration is fine) as well as $15 cash, if they have not paid for their registration online. After checking in, students should walk into the school's New Theater adjacent to the check-in area where the opening ceremonies will happen.

Please note: late participants will not be allowed to participate, so please be on time.

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Ceremonies: All participants must be checked in by this time. The opening ceremonies will last twenty minutes in the New Theater; important directions and an overview of the event will be given here. After the opening ceremony, students will be led to the lunch area where the problem solving session will be hosted.

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM

Problem Exploration: The main event of the Expo is the problem solving session, which will last for an hour in total for 3-5 grade. After the session, students will be led to their scheduled mini-event (located in the school's Commons) by WWPME volunteers.

4:20 PM - 5:30 PM

Mini-Events: These fun activities are the highlight of the Expo; they are run by WWPME volunteers and include events like Secret Codes and Escape Rooms (see below for a full listing). After the mini-events, students will be led back to the theater for the closing ceremonies. Make sure to check your account prior to the event so that you know which minievents you(or your child) is enrolled in.

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Closing Ceremonies: Prizes will be raffled out to participants through tickets which will be earned throughout the Expo. More information on the prizes is available here. After the awards ceremony, parents must pick up their children from the New Theater and leave the expo premises as soon as possible. (Note: parents are allowed and are encouraged to come at the start of the closing ceremony!)


Problem Solving Format

As in previous years, each grade will receive a unique problem set. However, we will no longer include multiple choice questions, and instead shift the focus of the session entirely to short answer questions. Each grade’s problem set will be about 20 problems long and in increasing difficulty order. The difficulty range of the problems will be significantly broader this year, so participants are encouraged to work on a problem range they feel is appropriate for themselves, and are not expected to do all of them.

Once again, as mentioned on the about page, this is NOT a contest. Rather, this is an opportunity for participants to collaborate with their peers as well as learn from the volunteers.


Mini Events

The mini-events are the highlight of the WWPME event! We offer six mini-events, some of which are specific to each section. To set your mini-events, create an account and log in then, go to https://wwpme.org/dashboard. Check for your scheduled minievents around two weeks before the expo date. Here's a description of the mini-events hosted at WWPME this year:

  • 3 to 5
    • 24 Tournament — Play “24” with friends! To play, given any 4 numbers, create an expression that evaluates to 24 using the four basic operations and parentheses as fast as you can! For example, can you create 24 out of the following four numbers: 2,4,7,8? (Solution: ((2*7)-8)*4 = 24 )
    • Estimathon — How many students are there at High School South? How many fish are there in the world? How far is the Earth from Mars? Perfect your estimation skills in this mini-event.
    • Pattern Exploration — Play fill-in-the-blank games, and explore famous patterns in shapes, colors, and numbers. Build your pattern recognition and data analysis skills in this mini-event!
    • Mathlete Challenge — Can you solve math problems? How about while running a relay? Or while doing a plank? Or while running an obstacle course? Combine your physical and mathematical prowess in this mini-event!
    • Beat the Die — A game of chance and skill to test your summation abilities! Strategically place the numbers rolled on a die to attain the greatest possible sum. For a challenge, strategically place the numbers to attain the greatest possible difference!
    • Constructing Polyhedra — Polyhedra are 3-D solids with polygonal faces. In this mini-event, discover the different 3-D solids by building them out of construction paper! Construct an assortment of polyhedra, including the tetrahedron, the dodecahedron and the truncated icosahedron (soccer ball), and discover the patterns in these figures!

  • 6 to 8
    • 24 Tournament — Play “24” with friends! To play, given any 4 numbers, create an expression that evaluates to 24 using the four basic operations and parentheses as fast as you can! For example, can you create 24 out of the following four numbers: 2,4,7,8? (Solution: ((2*7)-8)*4 = 24 )
    • Estimathon — How many students are there at High School South? How many fish are there in the world? How far is the Earth from Mars? Perfect your estimation skills in this mini-event.
    • Secret Codes — This mini-event introduces students to code-breaking and cryptography. Learn to decode secret messages and also learn to send encrypted letters to friends.
    • Math Bowl — Buzzer based event consisting of a medley of fun math problems, math trivia, math history, and random.
    • Beat the Game Master — Enjoy playing games and beating your friends? Then try to win against these WWPME volunteers at their own game. Spoiler: you can’t, but work together to figure out why.
    • Escape Rooms — Challenge these rooms with your friends to discover clues, solve puzzles, and win prizes if you escape under the time limit.

Parents

Parents will not be permitted to stay inside the school during the expo. Parents traveling from far may choose to spend time at the following places in the area: