Rules

Detailed Rules

Summary

The contest begins Monday, May 1st at 7:00 a.m. and ends on Friday, May 5th at 3:59 p.m.

Participants have 30 minutes to complete the contest challenge during class hours, or between 7:00 a.m. and 3:59 p.m.

Students can make as many attempts as they want to successfully complete each page of the contest. However, with each new attempt, the maximum number of points that can be earned is reduced by 1, down to a minimum of 1 point per page.

Method of Calculating the Rankings

Winning Class

The score of a class is determined based on these calculations:

  • for classes with 15 or fewer participating students, the result corresponds to the cumulative total of points earned by the students in the class.
  • for classes with more than 15 participating students, the score is calculated by multiplying the average of the students’ results by 15. (Ex.: If a class has 20 students, the score will be calculated like this: the average of the results of the 20 students is calculated, and then multiplied by 15).

This method of calculation makes it possible to weigh and balance the results and the chances of winning for different sizes of classes (classes with more or fewer than 15 students).

Winning School

A school’s score is determined by calculating the average of the points earned by participating classes at that school.

To be eligible for this award, a school must have a minimum of 4 participating classes in at least 2 different grades.

Eligibility

The participating classes must reflect the students registered on a school’s class lists.

This year, the contest will be conducted in French and English. Participating schools must be officially recognized by the ministry of Education of their province.

  • In Alberta, the contest is open to students from Grade 3 to 9.
  • In Manitoba, the contest is open to students from Grade 3 to 9.
  • In New Brunswick, the contest is open to students from Grade 3 to 9.
  • In Ontario, the contest is open to students from Grade 3 to Grade 10.
  • In Québec, the contest is open to students from Grade 3 to Secondary IV.

Classes that are already subscribed to Netmath are automatically registered in the contest.

Classes or schools that do not have a Netmath subscription and would like to participate must register for the contest by filling out a form on the www.canyoumath.ca website. It should be noted that only teachers can register their students.

To encourage team spirit between classes and students, and to create an engaging and motivating experience, we strongly encourage all eligible students at a school to participate. A class can contain a maximum of 45 students.

To participate in the contest, it is the student’s responsibility to create their own account and to remember their username or email and password.

A student can only participate in the contest once, or they will be disqualified.

We reserve the right, at our absolute discretion, to disqualify any participant without prior notice if we believe they have broken any contest rules, cheated or attempted to cheat, acted unfairly, or attempted to disrupt the proper process of the contest.

For example, a student who registers twice will automatically be disqualified. Review the list of students registered in your classes by checking the tab labelled Manage my school.

Enrolment Period

You can register from now until May 5th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. EST. However, we strongly encourage you to register on March 20, 2017 to participate in the Training Camp.

Once their account is activated, students have access to the Netmath platform to review their knowledge, familiarize themselves with the contest environment, and practice answering questions.

Contest Presentation and Process

Participants must open the Can You Math section of their Netmath homepage to begin the contest. This section will be made available on May 5th at 7:00 a.m. EST. The contest section will not be available after May 5th at 3:59 p.m. EST.

Thirty (30) minutes in total will be granted to each student to complete the contest challenge. Students can take breaks and start again from where they left off at any time during the contest days, between May 1st and 5th, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:59 p.m. EST.

To earn points, students must solve a series of problems presented in a random order that represent the areas of the program for each grade. The goal is to correctly answer as many pages as possible. Each page is worth a certain number of points (1 to 8 “Pi points”) depending on the degree of difficulty. Students can make as many attempts as they want to successfully complete a contest page. However, with every new attempt, the number of points to be won is reduced by 1, down to a minimum of 1 point per page. Students can also skip a page and come back to it later.

The maximum number of points a student can earn is 250 points.

Determining the Winners and Description of Prizes

The results will be announced during the week of May 8th, 2017. The names of the participants (students, classes, and schools) that had the best results during the contest will be released.

Grand Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • To 5 classes, that is, 1 class from each of the five participating provinces in the competition (Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick), will be randomly drawn from all classes that have finished first at their level;
  • To 1 class which will be randomly drawn from all the participating classes among the five provinces.

Each winning class will receive a $500 participation prize for a class project.

To be eligible for these prizes, 75% of the students in the class must have completed the 30 minutes of the competition or accumulated the maximum possible points within the time limit. A single class will not be eligible to win both prizes.

A series of prizes will be awarded to schools in this way:

  • For every grade, the student with the best score will receive a Pi 2017 medal. A student is considered to be a participant if they earned at least one point.
  • For every grade, the 100 students and 20 classes with the best scores will be given certificates and Can You Math Contest 2017 badges.
  • For every grade, the class with the best score will be awarded the Winning Class 2017 trophy.
  • The school with the best score will receive the Winning School 2017 banner.

(It generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to receive these prizes.)

Winning Class

Please note that a class cannot contain more than 45 students. The score of a class is determined based on the following calculations:

  • for classes with 15 or fewer participating students, the result corresponds to the cumulative total of the points of the students in the class.
  • for classes with more than 15 participating students, the score is calculated by multiplying the average of the students’ results by 15. (Ex.: If a class has 20 students, the score will be calculated like this: the average of the results of the 20 students is calculated, and then multiplied by 15).
  • These calculation methods make it possible to weigh and balance the results and chances of winning for different sizes of classes (classes with more or fewer than 15 students).

Winning School

To be eligible for this award, a school must have a minimum of 4 classes registered for the contest from at least 2 different grades. The score of a school is determined by calculating the average of the points of the participating classes at the school.

Tie Breaker

In case of a tie between different students, the completion time will be used to determine the rankings of the tied students.

In case of a tie between different classes, the average completion time will be used to determine the rankings of the tied classes.

Changes to the Contest and Compliance with the Rules

We reserve the right to modify the contest rules or to end the contest at any time without liability to the participants. If necessary, any changes made to the rules will be posted on the www.canyoumath.ca/rules webpage.

By taking part in this contest, the participants accept to comply with the rules and decisions of the organizers, which are considered final.

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