For participants and their parents

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Contests and Festivals

The following is a list of a few of the math contests and festivals that are available to middle school and high school students. Your school may offer some of these contests, and a few of the contests will be offered at the Marin Math Circle.

Contest / Festival Date Age Group
Julia Robinson Festival

Math activities and problem sets.

Held several times a year

at Stanford, Berkeley, or other Bay Area locations.

Middle School and High School

Four sets of take home problems.

October – March Middle School and High School
American Mathematics Competitions (AMC)

Multiple choice individual contest.

November (AMC 8)
February (AMC 10 and 12)
Offered at the Marin Math Circle
Middle School (AMC 8)
High School (AMC 10 and 12)
Bay Area Math Olympiad (BAMO)

Four hour, four or five question proof-style contest.

The last Tuesday in February

Offered at the Marin Math Circle

Middle School (BAMO 8 or 12)
High School (BAMO 12)

Four rounds, participate through your middle school.

November – March 7th and 8th grade

Participate through your middle school.

February / March Middle School

Five rounds, participate through your high school.

October – March High School
Students are given new problems online each week based on their past performance.
Ongoing Middle and High School
American Regions Mathematics League (ARML)
Team contests for high school students
April (local) and May (regional in Nevada) High School and possibly Middle School

Summer Programs in Math for Middle and High School Students

  • Stanford Unviersity Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) holds two-week residential sessions for middle school students in math and other subjects and three and four-week sessions for high school students. Year round distance learning programs are also available.
  • SUMAC (Stanford) is a four-week residential summer camp “designed for high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall, who have exceptional interest and ability in mathematics.”
  • Brilliant Summer Camp (Stanford) is a new “full scholarship 8-day program for 40 students. Accepted students will be matched with world-class mentors who will work closely with them to develop advanced independent projects.” Located at or near Stanford University.
  • Mathpath is “… a four-week residential summer camp for students [ages 11-14] showing high promise and interest in mathematics to extend their knowledge and skills in mathematics and to immerse them in the mathematical culture.” Location varies.
  • Epsilon Camp is “a summer camp for the exceptionally and profoundly gifted,
    age 8 to under 11 years, who love math”. The camp is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A parent goes with the student.
  • Canada/USA Mathcamp is “… an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking.” Location varies.
  • Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics is a six-week residential camp for mathematically talented high school students. The program includes “in-depth studies of particular problems and fields” with “an emphasis on unifying themes, recurrent patterns, and fruitful modes of inquiry.”
  • Awesome Math is a three-week residential summer camp for mathematically gifted sutdents who wish to hone their problem solving skills, further their mathematics eduation, and improve their performance on contests. It is held at Cornell University and at the University of California at Santa Cruz and is open to middle and high school students.
  • Math Zoom has two- and three-week residential summer camps at Harvey Mudd College and at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, geared towards preparing students for math contests. It is open to middle and high school students.
  • Camp Euclid is “a local/online, innovative, mathematics research camp for high school students … in which participants will encounter and grapple with unsolved math problems. Camp students will collaborate within a circle of fellow researchers a few hours per week over the course of three (over the summer) or four months (during the school year).”
  • California State Summer School in Math and Science (COSMOS) is open to high school students. This “4-week residential program offers areas of concentration in math as well as many other science/engineering disciplines.”
  • UMass Amhearst Mathematics Triple offers three two-week intensive mathematics enrichment courses for high school students as part of its Summer College program. “The intensives are designed for students who are enthusiastic and creative in their approaches to mathematics, and so will treat advanced mathematics with levity.”
  • More summer camps are listed here

Other Bay Area Math Circles


  • Mathematical Circles: Russian Experience, by Dmitri Fomin, Sergey Genkin, and Ilia V. Itenberg
  • A Decade of the Berkeley Math Circle: The American Experience, edited by Zvezdelina Stankova and Tom Rike
  • The Art and Craft of Problem Solving, by Paul Zeitz – a past speaker at the Marin Math Circle
  • The Art of Problem Solving, by Sandor Lehoczky and Richard Rusczyk
  • Kiselev’s Geometry by A.P. Kiselev, adapted by Alexander Givental
  • Intriguing Mathematical Problems, by Oswald Jacoby and William Benson
  • Mathematical Puzzles: A Connoisseur’s Collection, by Peter Winkler
  • Mathematical Mind-Benders, by Peter Winkler
  • My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles, by Martin Gardner
  • The Magic of Numbers, by Benedict Gross
  • The Chicken from Minsk: And 99 Other Infuriatingly Challenging Brain Teasers from the Great Russian Tradition of Math and Science, by Yuri Chernyak et al.