# Math Olympiad for Middle Schools

The Math Olympiad Track prepares students for major math competitions at middle school and high school levels. Depends on students’ personal interests and priorities, they can find meaningful and challenging programs to meet their needs. We provide training and opportunities, as well as mentorship for our students to compete in major middle school math competitions such as MATHCOUNTS, AMC 8, and MOEMS.

## Overview

Ardent Academy will offer the following math competitions to middle school students:

- MOEMS Division M - Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School Division M
- AMC 8
- AMC 10, AMC 12, and AIME (High school competitions available to top middle school students)
- MATHCOUNTS
- California Math League
- Orange County Math League
- Orange County Math Olympiad

All Ardent students are eligible to participate if a contest is not available at their school.

## M206 - Math Olympiad Level 6

In this introductory course, we will teach a four-step problem solving method developed by Dr. George Polya in the context of 10 commonly used problem solving strategies:

- Drawing a picture or diagram
- Making an organized list
- Making a table
- Solving a simpler related problem
- Finding a pattern
- Guessing and checking
- Experimenting
- Acting out the problem
- Working backwards
- Writing an equation

Problems selected from past MOEMS (Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools) competitions will be used to illustrate the concepts and teach the techniques. The students will also participate in five rounds of MOEMS Division M competition.

Prerequisite: | Students in GATE programs |

Grades: | 6^{th} - 7^{th} Grade Honor students |

Total Time: | 60 Hours (30 meetings at 2.0 hours per meeting) |

Next Course: | M207 - Math Olympiad Level 7 |

## M207 - Math Olympiad Level 7

This class continues the development of problem solving skills, but focus more on problem solving speed and accuracy. The students will be challenged to solve difficult problems in several different settings:

- Countdown – solve problems mentally.
- Sprint – solve problems in less than 1 minute each without using a calculator.
- Target – solve complex problems in 3 minutes each using a calculator.
- Team – solve difficult problems with a team of four students.

Problems selected from past MATHCOUNTS competitions will be used to illustrate the concepts and teach the techniques. The students will participate in MOEMS Division M as well as AMC 8 and MATHCOUNTS contests.

Prerequisite: | M206 - Math Olympiad Level 6 |

Grades: | 7^{th} - 8^{th} Grade Honor students |

Total Time: | 60 Hours (30 meetings at 2.0 hour per meeting) |

Next Course: | M208 - Math Olympiad Level 8 |

## M208 - Math Olympiad Level 8

This class is a bridge between middle school and high school math competitions. Top students will compete for regional and national awards on middle school math competitions while participate in high school contests such as AMC 10 and AMC 12.

Prerequisite: | M207 - Math Olympiad Level 7 |

Grades: | 7^{th} - 8^{th} Grade Honor students |

Total Time: | 60 Hours (30 meetings at 2.0 hour per meeting) |

Next Course: | M209 - Math Olympiad Level 9 |