Beestar math competition

Are you familiar with the Beestar Math Competition? It's an online math contest held twice a year, in spring and fall, geared towards sparking interest in math among elementary and middle school students while enhancing their mathematical skills. Since 2014, the competition has drawn participants from across the country, spanning seven grade levels from 2nd to 8th grade, with tailored questions for each level. Unlike other math contests, Beestar focuses on fundamental concepts and skills taught in school curriculums, serving as a comprehensive assessment of students' grasp of grade-appropriate knowledge. It's designed to nurture interest, fuel enthusiasm, and ultimately elevate mathematical proficiency for the majority of students.

Results and rankings are announced on the website, with awards including gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as encouragement awards, fostering a sense of achievement among participants. The fall competition for 2024 is scheduled to run online from March 18th to March 21st. Parents are encouraged to register their children, with registration fees set at $10 for grades 2-5 and$12 for grades 6-8.

The competition comprises two rounds, totaling eight sections. Sample questions are provided to familiarize participants with the format and content. Questions for grades 2-5 can be found [link]. The competition follows the format of the AMC (American Mathematics Competition), featuring DASH and SPARK rounds, assessing students' ability to solve problems quickly and accurately, as well as their capacity for in-depth and comprehensive problem analysis. It lays the groundwork and offers ample preparation for future participation in AMC and MathCounts competitions.