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.

Teachers who would like to bring students to the event should register themselves and their students by completing the registration form below. Additionally, we request all participants to complete a photo release form.  The photo release form is available at online at


Teachers should complete a photo release form for themselves, and we ask students’ parents or guardians to complete this form for their students.  

Registration closes on March 2, 2023.

Please Save-The-Date for the 18th Annual Math Exploration Day on Thursday, March 28, 2024!

Driving Directions

Interactive Campus Map, Standard Campus Map - when you arrive on campus, please come to Phillips Hall  

file-outline registration form.docx - 2023 Registration Form.docx (22.34 KB)

2023 Math Exploration Day Schedule

9:00    Registration (Clark and Klingenstein LoungesCampus Center, Ithaca College)

9:30     Welcome and Workshop Orientation (Clark and Klingenstein Lounges)

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

9:50     Math Exploration (Klingenstein Lounge)
An introduction to some mathematical game theory"

9:50     Presentation for Teachers (Clark Lounge)
            "Unlocking the Secrets of Egyptian Numbers and Arithmetic: A Fascinating Journey into Ancient Mathematics

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

  • Hex and Y
  • Constructing Hypercube Models
  • The Last Cookie
  • Math & Logic Puzzles
  • Fold and Cut
  • Islamic Geometric Design
  • Law of Cosines
  • Recreational Math
  • Mathematical Origami
  • Geometric Balloon Bending

12:00-12:45    Lunch (Clark and Klingenstein Lounges)

12:45-1:00      Announcement of results of team contest event (Clark and Klingenstein Lounges)

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

Details & Results from the Math Exploration Day 2023

17 schools
175 students
22 teachers
137 students competed on 39 teams

First Place (Tie): Owego Free Academy: John C., Ruben L.

Skaneateles High School: Muhammad A., Samuel C., Andrew F., Ethan G.

Second Place: Skaneateles High School
Keady A., Tobi D., Arianna M., Caroline M.,

Third Place (Tie): Johnson City High School: Agena M., Alex K., Robert K., Ketton W.

Vestal Senior High School: Abhiram K., Jordan M., Hibah R.

Vestal Senior High School: Sua C., Sriram C., Keith D., Jia P.

The competition questions are here
The competition solutions are here

Past Competition Questions & Solutions

file-outline 2023 Competition Questions - 2023 Competition Questions.pdf (127.78 KB)
file-outline 2023 Competition Solutions - 2023 Competition Answers.pdf (163.74 KB)
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)