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MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge 2018

Four MSDA seniors participated in MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge 2018 on Saturday, March 3. The event, organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and sponsored by MathWorks, is a contest for high school juniors and seniors. Students experience a team environment comprised of three to five students and one teacher-coach. Their task is to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, just as those faced by professional mathematicians working in the industry.

Wasted food in the United States challenges math skills

This year’s challenge problem was “Better ATE than never: Reducing wasted food.” The topic focused on the cost of wasted food per year in the United States. The challenge was to generate the amount of food wasted in different households as well as create strategies to implement in a community to conserve food, through the use of mathematical models.

 Ms. Hauptvogel joined Renee, Heather, Alessandra, and Catherine at the Mount with ideas, computation skills and plenty of snacks to power their brain function throughout the full Saturday session. The group of students shared:

“This project has made us more aware of the unnecessary amounts of food we waste daily and challenged our own mathematical skills.”

– M3 Group Seniors



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