Math Contest a Circus of Numbers

Thursday, 4/11/2019 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Grandview Hall

COCC’s Math Contest goes to the big top

The annual High School Math Contest at COCC—where some 150 regional mathletes converge to compete in a series of events—will feel like a bit of a circus act this year when it comes to the Bend campus, held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, thanks to this year’s playful theme.

“We really wanted to highlight that this contest is as much about having fun as it is doing mathematics,” said Kathy Smith, mathematics professor and department chair. “What better way to do that than by staging a circus?” Faculty, Smith said, will dress the part by coming as circus performers, while student participants each receive a T-shirt featuring the big top theme.

For more than 40 years, the college has hosted the game-styled competition, giving students a chance to test their math mettle while simultaneously taking them on a cross-campus tour of the Bend campus. There are seven events, from “Solve That Problem” in Hitchcock Auditorium, to a scavenger hunt starting in the Science Center, to a relay race in the Mazama Gym.

Students take quizzes corresponding to their mathematics course level and top scorers receive an invitation to participate in the annual Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament, scheduled for May 18 at Portland State University.

All students must be pre-registered. For more information on the event, contact Reneé Brazeau-Asher at or 541-383-7289.

High School Math Contest