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The Mathematical Puzzle Programs (MaPP) Challenge is an annual puzzlehunt designed to challenge your students' mathematical problem solving abilities. These puzzles are inspired on ideas outside the usual arithmetic-to-calculus sequence, so advanced mathematical coursework isn't necessary to enjoy the game!

Mathematical Puzzle Programs (MaPP) is a team-based competition for 9th-12th grade students. Each team is composed of up to eight students, with at least six students per team suggested. A teacher chaperone is also required for each team, but the chaperone cannot assist the team in the competition (although you can opt out of the competition and merely participate recreationally, instead). We would love to have teams representing your school this year!

Teams will be presented with puzzles testing their deductive reasoning ability and introducing concepts from mathematical fields such as cryptography, game theory, or others. Solving puzzles will require the team to run out and interact with Lamar University’s campus. For more details about the puzzles, see

The event will take place in the Spring of 2019 on the campus of Saint Louis University and is open to area high schools.

If you are interested in the 2018-19 MaPP Challenge at SLU, please contact Dr. Bryan Clair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)