Math Challengers


Please navigate to our contacts page for questions about registration or specific events.
New contacts have been added for the chair and for questions and trouble shooting.


****Coaches are urged to respond to the [email protected] with Team rosters ASAP

**** Registration of Teams for all events is now Closed as all printing of exam papers have been ordered.  ****1040 students are participating across the province.***

****Pools have been posted for the Lower Mainland competiiton on the Events page

***The Provincial Finals are moving to UBC due to pricing issues at SFU

The best way to prepare for the competition is to work old questions. New from last year's Provincial Competition; the worked solutions are posted on the Teaching Aides page along with all the exams ever issued by Math Challengers - with answers.

The question development team needs more questions! Teams will receive a $20 credit towards registration for 5 or more credible and original questions submitted to the registrar and approved by the VP Academic.

A syllabus has been posted on the teaching aides page.

Summer Math Camps are listed on the Links and Resources page

2019 Tentative Competition Dates


Fraser Valley;  Thursday February 21st, at UFV Abbotsford campus
Okanagan;  Friday February 22nd,  at Okanagan College Kelowna
Victoria;  Friday, February 22nd,  at Camosun College, Interurban campus
Lower Mainland;  Saturday February 23rd at UBC Point Grey campus

Provincial finals

April 06, 2019 at SFU Burnaby mountain campus


Registration Deadline

The Registration Page now supports online registration via Office 365

The deadline for team registration is December 18, 2018. Late fees are applicable after this date.
Please navigate to the Events page for schedules and directions to be updated.

Team rosters filing Deadline: 7 days prior to all competitions

Math Challengers Flyer 

To download the one sheet PDF file with all of the dates and regional contact information please click on flyer


About Math Challengers

Our official name is the Canadian Math Challengers Society; however, we generally just call our group Math Challengers.

Math Challengers is an enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes mathematics achievement among students in Grades 8, 9 and 10 by
(i) challenging students with stimulating and thought-provoking questions, and
(ii) having school math teams compete with each other at local, regional and provincial tournaments.

The program builds skills, promotes strategic problem-solving, and exposes students to complex problems that require creativity and persistence in order to be solved -- all a critical part of our increasingly technological society. Moreover, it provides an opportunity to bring 8th and 9th graders together to promote a lively exchange of mathematical ideas through competition.

Math Challengers promotes student interest in mathematics and mathematics-related careers by making math achievement as challenging, prestigious and exciting as a school sport might be. Teachers, volunteers and former student participants coach competitors beginning each fall and continuing throughout the year, either as part of in-class instruction or as an extracurricular activity. In January, in-school competitions are held to determine the five member school teams that will compete at a regional tournament. The training and practice throughout the school year leads up to a Regional Competition held in February.

The teams from the regional tournaments around the province then advance to the Provincial Finals in March, where the B.C. school team and the individual champions are crowned! At each tournament level, all students participate in two individual contest rounds, then in a team round, and finally the top ranked students take part in a head to head buzz-in question-and- answer session (similar to the TV quiz show, "Jeopardy"), where the overall individual champion is decided. Trophies and awards are given to the top finishers at each tournament.

In addition to the in-province tournaments, a Post Provincial Finals enrichment meet takes place for the top 20 students after the Provincial Finals.

Spectators are welcome at these competitions (especially during the Face-Off Stage of the competition, which is a fast-paced buzz-in-and-answer session similar to a television quiz show). If you would like to see a different sort of math contest (rather than the usual sit-and-write format), come check out a Math Challengers competition--it just might make you want to enter a team of your own!

Math Challengers
Math Challengers Competitors
Math Challengers Competitors
Math Challengers Competitors

Popsicle Bridge Contests 

A test of skill where bridge construction ranges from introductory to a real competive professional contest where popsicle bridges support more than 2 KN force—that is about the equivalent load of three or four teachers standing on the bridge!

As part of National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM); an annual celebration of engineering and geoscience across Canada, various Engineers and Geoscientists BC Branches organize and host popsicle bridge building competitions across the province of BC. The goal of these events are to promote the awareness of the engineering and geoscience professions, showcase career choices, and the many ways in which engineering and geoscience relate to our everyday life. Some great prizes are also available!

NEGM competitions and activities happen during March every year. For more information, please visit the following page with a listing of various events: NEGM Branch Events.

University open houses


BCIT Burnaby Campus April


In B.C., the major sponsors of Math Challengers are: