17th Annual
Mathematical Exploration Day
Ithaca College
THURSDAY, March 30th, 2023

Each Spring, students come to Ithaca College from several area high schools came to experience a day of mathematical fun, exploration, and discovery. Dozens of sophomores and juniors arrive early on campus for registration and a welcome from the Department of Mathematics. Students take part in a team mathematical competition. During this competition, the high school teachers enjoy a professional development presentation. Following the competition, students and teachers explore mathematical ideas in a variety of areas. Lunch follows with the announcement of the competition winners. It is a great event that the IC Math Department looks forward to every year.

Further Details and registration information to come in early 2023.

Driving Directions

Campus Map - when you arrive on campus, please come Phillips Hall (9B on the campus map.)  

Details & Results from the Math Exploration Day 2022

12 schools
147 students
20 teachers
133 students competed on 36 teams

First Place: Vestal Senior High School
Ian C., Gustav G., Justin C., Sriram C.

Second Place: Skaneateles High School
Maxwell K., Maximilion P., John H., Ford C.

Third Place: Vestal Senior High School
Grace Y., Banshika M., Bianca O., Rayna C.

The competition questions are here
The competition solutions are here

2022 Math Exploration Day Schedule

9:00    Registration (Clark LoungeCampus Center, Ithaca College)

9:30     Welcome and Workshop Orientation (Clark Lounge)

9:50     Math Contest – team event (Emerson Suites)

9:50     Math Exploration (Klingenstein Lounge)
The Game of Fim" with Prof. Jim Conklin

9:50     Presentation for Teachers (Clark Lounge)
             "An Elementary Number Puzzle with Connections to Advanced Mathematics"
             with Prof. Dave Brown

11:00-12:00  Mini-Sessions Exploring Mathematics (Emerson Suites)

  • Islamic Geometric Design & Drawing Beautiful Tilings
  • Spirolaterals (A Mathematical Art Project)
  • The Last Cookie (A Game of Strategy and Numbers)
  • Polyhedra with Balloons
  • Geometry Bubbles
  • Fold and Cut (How to cut out any shape with one cut!)
  • Fractal Playthings
  • Mathematical Billiards

12:00-12:45    Lunch (Clark Lounge)

12:45-1:00      Announcement of results of team contest event.

1:00                Departure and informal conversation.  Tour if requested. 

2019 Competition Questions & Solutions

Find the 2019 competition questions here.

Find the 2019 competition solutions here

file-outline registration form.docx - registration-form.docx (15.74 KB)

Past Competition Questions & Solutions

file-outline 2022 Competition Questions - 2022_competition.pdf (98.58 KB)
file-outline 2022 Competition Solutions - 2022_competition_solution.pdf (121.73 KB)
file-outline 2019 Competition Questions - 2019_competition_0.pdf (163.7 KB)
file-outline 2019 Competitions Solutions - 2019_competition_solution_0.pdf (190.7 KB)