Hey, I want to tell you about one of my recent projects, re-booting the Upstate New York Math Team. This was a regional math team, designed to help high school students from around Upstate New York to compete in ARML each year. The team was active and successful since almost the beginning of ARML (see below for what I could find of the historical record), but then fell apart, and seems to have last competed in 2015.
The team was dormant in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. With the encouragement of some colleagues, I started working on reviving the team in 2019 to participate in ARML 2020. Then COVID happened, and ARML was canceled. (Actually, the ARML organizers scrambled, and did offer an informal online contest in 2020 which we did participate in.)
Over the past several years, I’ve been trying to network across Upstate New York to rebuild the team. The ARML (and NYSML) administration has been wonderful, and have connected me with math team coaches across the state, and with some alumni. With some other volunteers, we’ve built up an email list on Mailchimp, set up a shared Google drive, and opened up a Discord server. We’d like to set up a webpage. A small core group of volunteers has formed a Problem Squad, and publishes a monthly practice problem set. A small core group of high school students meets monthly to practice solving problems together.
Besides sending Upstate New York high school students to ARML each year, we’d like to grow as an enrichment resource for students interested in mathematical problem solving. In the past, the Upstate New York Math Team was managed by a succession of high school math teachers, but then something broke. We’d like to re-organize as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. I think that’s the way to ensure the longevity of the effort.
If you’re interested in helping, please get in touch!
As part of my efforts to understand what the Upstate New York Math Team is, I searched for team history. Here’s how the team placed in past contests (but there are gaps and likely errors).