Contest Information

MBMT is a free middle school math competition that seeks to excite students’ interests in mathematics and pursuing mathematics beyond the school curriculum. We are pleased to announce that, for the sixth year, the Montgomery Blair Math Team is hosting the Montgomery Blair Math Tournament (MBMT) on March 28th, 2020!

Registration

Registration will open on December 23rd, 2019. We would like all math team sponsors to register by March 13th, 2020. This will help us estimate the number of teams participating and assist us with logistics. To register, visit here.

Logistics

The sixth annual MBMT will occur in Montgomery Blair High School on March 28th, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Our address is 51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901. Please arrive on the University Boulevard side of the school. Snacks and drinks will be provided for students. Additionally, snacks will be provided for coaches in the grading room (room 161, a computer lab). Coaches are invited to bring snacks for their own team, although it is not necessary.

Contest

MBMT consists of four rounds: Individual Round, Team Round, Guts Round, and Fun Round. This year, the format of the Individual Rounds has changed. The Zermelo (upper) division only will take Subject Tests (of which students take two subjects among Algebra, Geometry, Combinatorics, and Number Theory). In the Dedekind (lower) division, students now take two General Tests, which consist of problems from all subjects. Each Individual Test consists of eight questions and lasts thirty minutes.

The Team Round contains fifteen questions for all team members to collaboratively solve in forty-five minutes. The Guts Round (something many middle school students have not seen before), an hour-long round, is graded live and requires team members to work together on progressively harder five-problem sets, each of which is worth more points than the previous set. The Fun Round is an exciting round consisting of several separate mini-events, including puzzles, trivia, and an estimation round.

Based on reflections made after last year’s tournament, we have recalibrated the accessibility and difficulty of problems in both divisions. Our guiding philosophy is that every participant in MBMT should have a shot at winning, while still being challenged at the highest level.

Individual and team winners in each division will receive trophies or medals! Team scores are calculated using Team and Guts round scores, combined with a weighted average of individual scores, and teams with the highest scores in each division win. The individual awards are for high-scoring individuals in each subject test and overall, combining the subject test scores. There are also additional awards for high performance on the Guts round. Finally, we also provide an Award to the highest-scoring 6th grade student.

Schedule

11:45 AM - 12:15 PMRegistration, finding assigned tables
12:30 - 1:00 PMSubject Test #1
1:05 - 1:35 PMSubject Test #2
1:35 - 2:00 PMBreak
2:05 - 2:50 PMTeam Round
3:00 - 4:00 PMGuts Round
4:00 - 4:30 PMTiebreakers and Dinner
4:30 - 5:15 PMFun Round
5:20 - 6:00 PMAwards Ceremony

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the Montgomery Blair math team captains at , or our coach, Jeremy Schwartz, at . We look forward to seeing you and your Mathletes at the sixth annual MBMT!