What is the Young Mathematicians’ Award?

Our Young Mathematicians’ Award is a FREE problem solving math competition designed to inspire and challenge gifted young mathematicians in grades 4-6 to work collaboratively to solve advanced math problems. Students are encouraged to develop higher order thinking skills, build confidence in their application of ‘real world’ math, and gain a passion for math.

Following an engaging classroom workshop at your school, you will select your 4 best mathematicians to form a team to compete against other schools in your region. The highest performing teams progress to the inter-district final, where the top school in Dallas/Fort Worth is crowned winner of the Young Mathematicians’ Award!

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History of our Math competition


Did you know?

In the United Kingdom our sister company Explore Learning works alongside the prestigious University of Cambridge and their NRICH project to deliver the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards.  The competition has been running for 7 years and attracts hundreds of schools from all over the United Kingdom.

Our Dallas/Fort Worth based, problem solving competition is continuing to grow. Now in it’s 4th year, we are excited to inspire even more young mathematicians’ from across the metroplex, as we are working with many new schools and districts.  The Hurst Euless Bedford school district has been victorious 3 years running, with the team from Lakewood Elementary taking the crown in 2016. Can your school district take the top spot this year?

Read on to find out how YOUR school can make its mark in our Young Mathematicians’ Award 2017!

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Round 1: FREE Problem Solving Classroom Workshop

October 3 – November 10. Up to 30 children. Grades 4 – 6. Lasts 1 hour.

This dynamic workshop will stretch every learner in your class with strategies for problem solving success, including:

  • Successful Development of a Systematic Approach
  • Ability to get to the Root of a Problem
  • Clear Presentation of Mathematical Findings
  • Effective Team Communication

The workshop can be held in your classroom or at our Explore Horizons center. Teachers will select a team of 4 children to progress to Round 2 with a maximum of 2 children from 6th grade per team. Extension materials will be provided in preparation for Round 2.

Round 2: Regional Semi – Finals

November 14, 15 or 16. 6pm – 8pm. At your local Explore Horizons center.

During Round 2, your team of 4 will compete with nearby schools to solve an engaging, multi-layered, high-level problem.  Students will be judged on all of the skills practiced in Round 1, as they tackle this low entry point, high ceiling problem. Top teams from each Regional Semi-Final will progress on to the Grand Final.

Round 3: The Grand Final

December 6.  6pm – 8pm. Explore Horizons in Colleyville.

The winning regional teams from across DFW will battle it out with another high-level math problem to decide which school will be crowned YMA 2017 Champions! The winning school will receive a trophy and local press coverage. All finalists will receive individual medals and competition t-shirts. A presentation assembly will be held at each school in December or January to recognize the success of all finalists.

How do I get my school involved?


Our Young Mathematicians’ Award is completely FREE for your school! It’s not too late to get involved, but act now because spaces are limited. We know you’re busy, so don’t worry, guaranteeing your space is easy! Just call or email your nearest center or register your interest online. We look forward to working with you soon.

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We have had some wonderful feedback from teachers and parents


The kids loved it! I love that kind of creative problem-solving group work… The problem they worked on helped them learn perseverance, and to try multiple approaches when stuck.

Chelsea Scott, 5th grade math teacher, Bedford Heights Elementary

Fantastic! Students were engaged, challenged, supported and encouraged.  I wish more kids could have the opportunity to participate. Wonderful program! Thank you so much!

Sharin Russel, Math Interventionist, Watauga Elementary

The round 1 workshops were very engaging, high-level problems. My students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

Angela Baraclough, Gifted & Talented teacher, HEB ISD

Explore Horizons is an amazing program. I am a 6th and 7th grade math and science teacher in Richardson, and when the Explore Horizon’s staff came to our campus to host a workshop it was awesome. Our scholars enjoyed every bit of the workshop, and some of our students advance to compete in their Young Mathematician Competition. Some of our students are also attending Explore Horizon for further tutoring and enrichment. It was a pleasure working with this program and I look forward to working with them again for the Young Writers Competition.

Ashley C, Math teacher Richardson ISD (Yelp review)