18th Annual
Mathematical Exploration Day
Ithaca College
THURSDAY, March 28th, 2024

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 Friday, March 1, 2024.

Driving Directions

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

file-outline Ithaca College Campus Map - ithaca_college_campus_map.pdf (980.52 KB)
file-outline registration form.docx - 2024-registration-form.docx (23.05 KB)

2024 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)
          Making the best decision: The Prisoner's Dilemma

9:50     Presentation for Teachers (Clark Lounge)
           Unlocking the Secrets of Babylonian Numbers and Arithmetic: Exploring Ancient Mathematics (overhead slides below)

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

  • Mathematical Origami
  • The Last Cookie (A Game of Strategy and Numbers)
  • Islamic Geometric Design
  • Constructing Hypercube Models
  • Hex and Y
  • Knights and Knaves
  • Aperiodic Tiling
  • The "Hat" Tiles
  • Hexaflexagons
  • Mobius Strips
  • Integrating your right and left brain by Building, Walking, Feeling and Understanding Labyrinths
  • Light + Angles = Atomic structure
  • Sorting and search
  • Chomp
  • Sim

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. 

file-outline Teacher Talk Slides - babylonianslides.pdf (2.18 MB)
Details & Results from the Math Exploration Day 2024

17 schools
199 students
32 teachers
157 students competed on 43 teams

First Place: 

Vestal Senior High School: Abhiram K.,Andrew L.

Second Place(Tie): 

Dryden High School: Corvid A., Weronika C., Ryan G., Simon R.

Union-Endicott High School: Colin H., Jack K., Landon P., Isabella T.

Third Place: 

Johnson City High School: Zack A., Robert K., David S. Evan S.

The competition questions and solutions are below

Past Competition Questions & Solutions

file-outline 2024 Competition Questions - 2024_ic_mathday_competition-v2.pdf (122.51 KB)
file-outline 2024 Competition Solutions - 2024_competition_answers_final.pdf (158.62 KB)
file-outline 2023 Competition Questions - 2023 Competition Questions.pdf (127.78 KB)
file-outline 2023 Competition Solutions - 2023_competition_answers_final-v2.pdf (150.21 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)