Mathematics and Statistics

Math Challengers BC

Math Challengers is an inter-school math competition in which students in grades 8 and 9 compete in teams of four or five. Regional competitions are held across BC each year in February, with the top teams from each regional tournament moving on to compete at the annual Provincial competition in March or April.

What is the Math Challengers competition?

MATH Challengers is an inter-school team-based math competition with a "Grade 8 and under" category and a "Grade 9 and under" category. 

Here is the process: 

  • Schools register up to three teams in each category, with up to five members on each team (so an individual school may potentially register up to 30 contestants)
  • Teams gather in February to compete in their nearest Regional Competition: Vancouver Island, Okanagan, Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland
  • The top teams from each Regionals competition advance to Provincial Finals, typically held in April, at UBC or SFU

Registration fees: $40 per team, plus a school entry fee of $20

View registration form

2017 competition format

There are four stages in each competition (Regionals and Provincials):

Stage 1: Blitz consists of one session on a variety of mathematical subjects. Contestants work individually for 40 minutes on 26 questions written on four pages. Each correct answer counts for one point.

Stage 2: Bull's Eye consists of three sessions on a certain mathematical subject. For each of the sessions, contestants have 12 minutes to work on the 4 questions on that subject. Each correct answer counts as two points.

Stage 3: Co-op is a Team competition. Contestants work together in their teams for 36 minutes on 15 questions. Each correct answer counts as two points.

Stage 4: Face-off is held in a theatre-style room. All contestants from a category are present. The top 10 individuals from Stages 1 & 2 compete one-on-one (with buzzers!) in a 9-round knock-out tournament. They have one minute to buzz in on each question.


Fraser Valley Regional Competition

The Fraser Valley Regional Competition for Math Challengers ran for the first time in 2014, with close to 180 participating students from over 20 schools.  We look forward to growing the event even further in the years to come!

Math Challengers Fraser Valley Regionals 2017: 
Thursday, February 16 at UFV (Abbotsford campus), 8:30 AM  - 2 PM

Contact Ian Affleck ( for further information about the Fraser Valley Regional competition. 

Register now

Contact Monique Leathem to register teams for the 2017 competition, or for further information about registration.

Math Challengers (Canadian Math Challengers Society) is a not-for-profit organization proudly sponsored by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., the B.C. Association of Mathematics Teachers, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, BC Hydro, IBM Canada, with generous support also provided by Simon Fraser University, the University of B.C., Camosun College, Okanagan College, University of the Fraser Valley, BCIT, and various private engineering and technology firms

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