VCTM would like to share with you two important announcements that came out
shortly after the release of our September eNewsletter.
1) Relevant to any grade level: VCTM is pleased to announce that the Third Annual
Statewide Math Fair will be hosted again at The University of Vermont on Saturday
April 6, 2019. Whether or not your students have participated in the past, do save the
date! Fresh off the press, this event flyer will tell you all you need to know about how
to get your students involved in this highly accessible and authentic opportunity to
learn and explore mathematics. Our online registration form is already up and running
and can be accessed here on the event webpage. Be on the lookout for more
information coming your way in future VCTM announcements and newsletters.
2) Pertinent to Middle and High School educators: The Vermont State Mathematics
Coalition (VSMC) has just released the first Talent Search Problem Set of the 2018-19
school year. Here is a message from VSMC's Executive Director Bob Chaffee regarding
this exciting opportunity for mathematics students in our state:
The Vermont State Mathematics Coalition has sponsored a statewide "Mathematics Talent Search
Program" every year since 1993. The Talent Search is conducted in the following manner. Four times
during the school year a set of challenging math problems are posted on this website. Topics covered
on the tests are from arithmetic, Geometry, algebra, and pre-calculus. Copies of the test are given to
interested students at each of the schools. The students have approximately four weeks to solve the
problems and then each student submits his/her solutions to the director of the program for grading. If
students are only able to solve one or two problems, they are still encouraged to submit their
solutions. During the following two week period the tests are scored, statistics are gathered, results
are returned to the students, and solutions and top scorers are posted on this website. At the end of the
year the top students in the state are given prizes and are honored at a Coalition dinner along with
their parents. High school-aged winners are also provided full scholarships to attend the week-long
summer Governor's Institute in Mathematical Sciences in residence at the University of Vermont.
More information about and rules for the talent search may be found here.
In case you missed our last edition of the newsletter, check it out on our VCTM blog
here. There is tons of information in this edition about fall conferences (including
VCTM's own Fall Conference on October 19) for educators that teach mathematics (at