What is the Mathletics competition?

Mathletics is a competition designed to create a passion in the application of mathematics in solving day-to-day scientific and engineering problems. Students will be challenged to be active and creative in the use of mathematics. Different facets of mathematics will be introduced and tested. An electronics audience response system (clicker) will be used for participant to answer a series of questions in both numeric and multiple choices format. Questions will be projected on a screen and the participants will respond using the remote/clickers. Results and answers will also be displayed on a large screen. More details can be found in the Rules and Scoring section below.

During the competition, there will a few large screens in the front of the room. One (or multiple) of them will be projected with a question. The other will be projected with background information or supporting details regarding to the question. Participant will then use a remote/clicker to answer the question. The question could be in numeric or multiple choices format.

When is the competition?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

  • Junior competition: 9:30AM – 12:30PM (registration starts at 9:30 am)
  • Senior competition: 1:30PM - 4:30PM (registration starts at 1:30 pm) 
    The senior category has been canceled this year due to a lack of interest

Where is the competition?

Peter Zakarow Auditorium (or Room UA1350)

University of Ontario Institute of Technology / Durham College Campus

2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON, L1H 7K4

Who can participate in the competition?

This event is open to all Durham Region students on a first come first served basis. Individuals only, this is not a team event.

Why participate in the competition?

  • Apply your math skills to solve engineering problems
  • Meet and greet with engineers and ask them questions about their work
  • Have fun and win great prizes

Who can I register?

Registration must be done online ONLY. No registration is allowed at the event. Please bring the online confirmation ticket to the competition.

  • Registration fee is $5.00 per participant
  • Registration starts on Saturday January 13, 2018 at 8AM ET.
  • Registration ends when all seats are sold or Saturday February 17, 2018 at 5PM ET whichever comes first.
  • Registration in each level is limited to the first 60 students.

Junior competition:

  • Open to students that are currently in grades 7 and 8 (based on grade 7 curriculum)
  • Register for Junior competition: Register here

Senior competition:

  • Open to students that are currently in grades 9 or 10 (based on grade 9 curriculum)
  • Register for Senior competition: Register here

What should I bring on the day of the competition?

Students should have their breakfast / lunch before attending the competition. They should bring the following items on the day of competition:

  • A printout of the online registration / confirmation ticket
  • Calculator
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scrap paper to do calculation
  • Corrective lenses (if required) since questions will be projected onto a screen at the front of the auditorium

Rules and Scoring


  1. To create a passion in the application of mathematics in solving day-to-day engineering problems.
  2. To create an interest in active thinking and problem solving.
  3. To provide practical experience in engineering problem solving.
  4. To provide an entertaining and friendly competition environment.

Eligibility, Testing Standard and Prizes

  1. All full-time school students from Durham Region are eligible.
  2. Questions are based upon the Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-10 Mathematics.
  3. Questions relate to the application of mathematics to science and engineering.
  4. Some questions will be based on engineering topics introduced during the competition.
  5. First, second, third, forth and fifth prizes will be awarded in each level.


  1. Registration will be on first come first served basis.
  2. There is no limit on number of students from each school.
  3. Students may participate in only one level of this competition.
  4. Students with financial difficulties can contact the organizer at for assistance.

Competition format

  1. Both Junior and Senior Mathletics Competition levels are individual events.
  2. Each level of the competition will have two rounds:
    • Round 1 - Introductory Round - Warm up questions
    • Round 2 - Challenge Round - Fast paced challenging questions
  3. All participants are required to participate in both rounds.
  4. Each participant will be provided with a numbered wireless clicker. The clickers must be returned to the designated area at the end of the competition.
  5. Questions will be projected on a large screen using high lumens advanced projectors.
  6. The wireless clicker will be used by the participant to enter their answers.
  7. A computer will record all responses and compile the marks.
  8. Students are allowed to bring and use aids like calculators, paper, pens. (As a minimum a calculator, scratch pad, and pencil are strongly recommended)
  9. Cell phones or any device capable of telecommunication are NOT permitted.
  10. Late comers will not be allowed to join.


  1. Marks from Round 1 and Round 2 will be added together for the overall score, with a higher weighting for questions in the second round.
  2. Marks will not be deducted for wrong answers or unanswered questions.


  1. This competition will be conducted in English only.
  2. A panel of adjudicators will resolve all disputes. Their decisions are final and binding.
  3. Teachers, parents, guardians and their guests are welcome to attend the event and cheer the participants. The competition will be held in an auditorium. The guests will be able to witness the whole event and see the participants in action.
  4. Teachers, parents, guardians and their guests are not permitted to assist or interfere with the participants.
  5. Space is limited for the audience. Entry is on a first come first served basis.
  6. Food and drinks are not permitted inside the auditorium.
  7. A participant without proper online registration prior to the event will not be permitted to participate in the competition.

Sample Questions

Sample questions are in the PDF file.


Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30am
University of Ontario Institute of Technology / Durham College Campus
Peter Zakarow Auditorium (Room UA1350)
2000 Simcoe St N
Oshawa, ON
$5 per participant
PDF icon Sample Problems117.72 KB
PDF icon Mathletics Flyer135.33 KB