Thursday, April 27, 2017

2nd Annual M Cubed

M Cubed– Montana Math Meet

August 9th and 10th, 2017
Butte, Montana

Join mathematics teachers from across our great state as we gather to discuss and learn about mathematics education from one another.
M Cubed is different from other conferences:

  • This conference is $25 for all MCTM members and $45 for all nonmembers
  • Snacks both days, a t-shirt, and door prizes will be provided for all attendees
  •  All attendees will earn OPI renewal units 
  • The schedule includes time for both professional and social discussions. Please be ready to share your best teaching tools, tips and tricks.   

MCTM's own Tony Riehl (A Desmos Fellow) will be doing a Desmos workshop.  We also will have workshops on Modeling, Number Talks, and Probability and Games.
We will have social time at lunches both days and a meet up at local Breweries and the Headframe Distillery.
MCubed is a "connected" conference.  All attendees will need to bring an internet enabled device of some sort.
To register visit the M Cubed website:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 MCTM Math Contest results

Over 4000 Montana mathletes in grades 7-12 participated in the 2017 MCTM Math Contest this spring!  Participating students completed three 30 minute tests based on grade-level content.  Contest writers (all Montana math teachers) started correlating the tests with Common Core math standards in 2013.  

There are currently 12 regional contests:  Billings, Butte, Glasgow, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Livingston, Midstate (Winnett), Missoula, Sidney, and Southeast (Plevna).  The top male and female senior participants in each of these regions is awarded a $200 scholarship (must complete calculus and statistics based tests). Many regional contests also give out a plethora of prizes – from plaques to pizza coupons to graphing calculators.
Students who earn three superior ratings at their regional contests earn an achievement pin. 14 students from 12 different schools scored in the top 15% at the state level for each of the three tests that they completed this year. These state champion mathletes were rewarded with locker magnets.   

Most contests occur in March of each year. Not sure how to get your students involved in an MCTM regional math contest?  Contact Shari Kepner at or check out the MCTM website’s contest page at for regional director contact information, dates, and copies of past tests. Numerous regions hold their contests at colleges and universities, so these events are also an easy way to get your students to take a look at some higher education campuses. Join the fun in 2018!

A special thank you to Shari Kepner (our state contest director), Tony Riehl (or registration and scoring expert), our contest site directors, and our test writers for all that they do to make this contest possible.