Harvard MIT Mathematics Tournament

18 March 2011

Harvard MIT Mathematics tournament took place from the 8th of February 2011 to the 14th of February 2011 and was held at MIT.

Harvard MIT Mathematics tournament took place from the 8th of February 2011 to the 14th of February 2011 and was held at MIT.

It is the largest mathematics competition in the USA and attracts some of the most talented students. The tournament is for high school students and is held in Harvard and MIT in alternating years.

There were about 900 participants representing about 100 teams in the tournament.

HMMT started over 15 years ago and has had continued popularity. The Aga Khan Academy team was the only team from Africa.

The tournament was divided into three parts.
1. Individual round: 2 hours
2. Team round: 1.5 hours
3. Guts round: 1.5 hours

The students participated in all the three parts and awards were given to the top ten in each category. Unfortunately, our school did not make it to the top ten. None the less, being the first time we took part in such an event, the students came out with more lessons learned than disappointments. In addition they also met with a Kenyan student pursuing Mathematics and IT at MIT and she gave our students vital guidelines on how to enroll at MIT. One of the students Paul Wanjohi who would like to pursue mathematics and IT found the discussion to be very interesting, especially in terms of securing funding.

The students enjoyed their participation in the prestigious fete and were very challenged by the level of talent displayed in the meet. Most of the students saw the level of focus and seriousness displayed by the students at MIT and saw this as a shake-up.