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  • What is CalcuSolve?
    •  CalcuSolve is a student event that tests students’ problem-solving skills related to mathematics. Students participate both individually and as part of a 4-member team. During the course of the event, there will be two (2) team problems and seven (7) individual problems for students to work on.

  •  What are the grade bands for CalcuSolve? 
    • Grades 7 – 8 (students should be enrolled in Algebra I or above to participate)
    • Grades 9 – 12 (students should be enrolled in Algebra II or above to participate)

  • What content will the questions cover? 
    • NOTE: Go here for sample problems that have been included in past events. 
    • There is a wide range of content that will be covered and your students may be presented with questions on content they have not been exposed to yet. We highly recommend that participating students are enrolled in at least the following level of math classes to participate in this event:
      • Middle School: at least Algebra I
      • High School: at least Algebra II

  • What is the approximate timeline of the event? 
    • The event will take place from 9am – 11:30am virtually via the Zoom platform.
    • Below is a general timeline of the event:
      • 9am – 9:15am: Welcome!
      • 9:15am – 9:25am: Team Problem #1
      • 9:25 – 10:45: Individual Problems (there will be a brief break included during this time)
      • 10:45 – 10:55: Team Problem #2
      • 10:55 – 11:00: Wrap-up
      • 11:00 – 11:30: “Overflow” time if needed

  • In general, what will the event look like for students? 
    • NOTE: Go here for sample problems that have been included in past events. 
    • Team Problems (#1 and #9): The problem will be shared with all teams. After the problem is shared, all teams will go into their own breakout room for 10 minutes to work on the problem. Within 10 minutes, they will need to submit their response via a provided electronic form. All groups will be required to include a picture of their work.
    • Individual Problems (#2 – #7): The problem will be shared with all participating students. After the problem is shared, students will have 5 minutes to work on the problem. After 5 minutes, a hint will be shared and then students will have an additional 3 minutes to work on the problem and submit their response. All students must include a picture of their work with their response.
      • NOTE: Students receive bonus points if they submit a response prior to a hint being given.

  •  Is there a cost for attending the event? 
    • Yes, there is a registration fee of $50 for each team to attend the event.

  • What technology will my students need? 
    • All participating students will need an internet connected device (computer or cell phone) to access the Zoom platform. The device must be capable of taking photos, as students will be required to submit a picture of their work with all submissions.
    • NOTE: Please check with your administration regarding student participation in a virtual event on the Zoom platform.

  • What resources are students permitted to use during the event? 
    • Students are permitted to use calculators during the event. The use of any problem solving apps (e.g. Photomath) is not permitted.

  • Will the event be recorded and are students required to have their cameras on? 
    • No, the event is not being recorded. In addition, students will not be required to have their camera on.

  • Volunteers: All participating schools must have one teacher attend the event.

  • Scoring: There are two scoring categories – Individual and Team.
    • For Individual scoring: There are seven (7) individual problems and each is worth a maximum of 5 points. Students will earn 5 points if they answer correctly prior to a hint being shared and 3 points if they answer correctly after a hint has been shared. A hint will be given after students have had 5 minutes to work on the problem. After the hint is shared, they will have an additional 3 minutes to work on the problem. Students can earn a maximum of 35 points on the individual problems. 
    • For team scoring: There are two (2) team problems worth a maximum of 10 points each. Students have 10 minutes to work on the team problems and there will be hints shared. A correct answer will result in 10 points being awarded. In addition, the individual total from each team member (from the individual problems) will be added. Assuming a team has a full roster of 4 team members, the maximum team score is 160 points.  

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