Expo Information

Summary
  • WWPME will take place online via Zoom on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022.
  • 3rd - 5th grade participants should attend the Opening Ceremony at 9:25 AM, and 6th - 8th grade participants should attend the Opening Ceremony at 2:40 PM.
  • The expo will end at 1:00 PM for 3rd - 5th grade participants, and it will end at 6:35 PM for 6th - 8th grade participants.
  • The full schedule for WWPME can be found here.
  • General Information:
  • For all grades, WWPME will have a mini-event section and a team-based section. During the mini-event session, they will be able to sample different math-related topics and get a taste of the breadth of mathematics. During the team-based section, they will compete collaboratively against other teams with peers. For 6th - 8th graders, WWPME will also have a problem-solving section, where they will explore interesting topics outside of the usual curricula. For more information, see below. Information about each individual event is located below the Schedule section.

Schedule

The 2022 WWPME will take place on April 2nd, 2022.

The expo consists of two sessions; the first session is in the morning and runs from 9:25 AM - 1:00 PM and is for 3rd to 5th graders. The second half (in the afternoon) runs from 2:40 PM - 6:15 PM and is for 6th to 8th graders.

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.

9:25 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Ceremonies: The opening ceremonies will last twenty minutes on the designated Zoom webinar; important directions and an overview of the event will be given here. After the opening ceremony, students will be instructed to join Zoom meetings where the problem solving session will be hosted.

9:55 AM - 11:35 AM

Mini-Events: These fun activities are the highlight of the Expo; they are run by WWPME volunteers and include events like 24 and Estimathon (see below for a full listing). Make sure to check your account prior to the event so that you know which minievents you (or your child) are enrolled in. After the mini-events, students will transition to their team-based events.

11:45 AM - 12:35 PM

Team-Based Event Participants will attend either Mathathon or the Math Trivia Challenge. Participants will enjoy competing with their friends in a collaborative team format.

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies: We will offer some closing remarks for the event on a Zoom webinar.


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

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Ceremonies: The opening ceremonies will last twenty minutes on the designated Zoom webinar; important directions and an overview of the event will be given here. After the opening ceremony, students will be instructed to join Zoom meetings where the problem solving session will be hosted.

3:10 PM - 3:55 PM

Problem Solving: The problem solving event of the Expo involves the exploration of niche mathematical topics such as Cryptography and Game Theory. This session will last for 45 minutes in total.

4:05 PM - 5:10 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). Make sure to check your account prior to the event so that you know which minievents you (or your child) are enrolled in. After the mini-events, students will participate in team-based events of their choice.

5:20 PM - 6:05 PM

Team-Based Event: Participants will attend either Math Bowl or Mathathon and enjoy competing with their friends in a collaborative team format. After this event, students will return to the webinar for the closing ceremonies.

6:15 PM - 6:35 PM

Closing Ceremonies: We will offer some closing remarks for the event on a Zoom webinar.


Team Based Events

Grades 3-5
Mathathon — Students work together in teams to solve packets of 3 questions at a time, where each question is worth a certain amount of points. Submit answers to increasingly harder and more valuable questions, competing to obtain the highest number of points out of any team.
Math Trivia Challenge — Participate in a Jeopardy-style team event where participants are quizzed on a variety of topics from mathematical history to problem solving.

Grades 6-8
Mathathon — Students work together in teams to solve packets of 3 questions at a time, where each question is worth a certain amount of points. Submit answers to increasingly harder and more valuable questions, competing to obtain the highest number of points out of any team.
Math Bowl — Fast problem-solver? Use your speed and quick thinking in this fast-paced, head-to-head team competition over who can solve the problem faster.


Problem Solving Events


Investigate advanced mathematical concepts with specially-tailored handouts and problem sets. Event volunteers will help guide participants by helping them master the necessary ideas.
Cryptography — Everyone loves secret messages! In this problem solving event, learn to use advanced ciphers to encrypt and decrypt messages.
Game Theory — Ever wonder how to win games such as Rock-Paper-Scissors? Discover tips and tricks to help win combinatorial games using basic principles of game theory and logic.
Tessellations — Math and art come together in this exciting event! Discover the process behind creating tessellations and design your own. To look at some sample tessellations, click here.


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.) Challenge: can you find all of the solutions that yield 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.
    • Riddles and Puzzles — Play fill-in-the-blank games, and explore famous patterns in shapes, colors, and numbers. Put your critical thinking skills and creative minds to the test in this mini-event!
    • 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.
    • Board Games — Want to play games and relax? Play a variety of classic board and card games, from Battleship to President.
    • 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!

  • 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.) Challenge: can you find all of the solutions that yield 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.
    • Sudoku Variants — Like solving number puzzles? Play various variations of Sudoku, such as different-sized boards, different rules, and KenKen!
    • Escape the Room — Challenge these rooms with your friends to discover clues, solve puzzles, and win prizes if you escape under the time limit.
    • 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!
    • Riddles and Puzzles — Use logic to solve complicated mathematics and linguistics puzzles with your friends. Put your critical thinking skills and creative minds to the test in this mini-event!