2016 TOURNAMENT: MONDAY, MARCH 14TH (Pi Day)
The 32nd annual Minnesota State High School Math League state tournament for the 2015-2016 season will be held Monday, March 14th, at South St. Paul High School. Over 350 students from 49 schools will compete for team and individual awards.
INVITATIONAL EVENT 11:15 AM
The day begins with the Invitational Event at the South St. Paul Clarion hotel at 11:15 AM. Students who compete in the Invitational Event have either qualified by winning their division in the regular season; being one of the top 50 students statewide or have received an at-large invitation. The Invitational Event consists of a 30 minute test of 15 questions of increasing difficulty.
MATH BOWL 2:00 PM
Next up is the ever-popular Math Bowl which starts at 2:00 PM at South St. Paul High School Auditorium. The top ten scorers from the Invitational Event qualify to participate. This event is for fun only and is a quick-response, elimination competition. Eight or more math questions are asked until all students are eliminated except one. The students have 30 to 120 seconds to answer each question and hold up their written answers on a large placard in front of their cheering peers in the audience. The correct answers and how to solve them are shown on a screen when time is called. The winner of the Math Bowl receives a trophy.
TOURNAMENT 3:15-5:30 PM
The main tournament competition now begins. The teams and individuals begin the first round of the tournament exams at 3:15 PM and the team event is completed by 5:30 PM. The day concludes with a banquet and an awards ceremony where trophies are presented to the top scoring teams, the top scoring all-around individuals, and the most improved team.