Moody’s Mega Math Challenge: Both NSHS Teams in Top 8% Nationwide

In its second year participating Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, Newton South HS fielded two teams, each team earning an Honorable Mention (and $1000) and placing in the top 90 of 1,121 teams nationwide.  Congratulations to students…

  • Bhavik Nagda, James Rao, Erik Uhlmann, Jason Crowley, Varun Mann
  • Ayush Upnega, Yifan Xu, Evan Zeng, Anna Dietrich, Bhairavi Chandersekhar

In this nationwide competition, sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation and organized by The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, teams conduct research, analysis, and mathematical modeling to produce a 20-page research paper for grading by a panel of judges — all in a single 14-hour period.  This year’s challenge — “From Sea to Shining Sea: Looking Ahead with the National Park Service” — called for the building of three mathematical models of the impact of climate change on the national parks:

  • Gauge the risk of sea level change
  • Assign a vulnerability score to particular locations on the coast
  • Predict long-term changes in visitors to various coastal national parks