Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools

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General Information

General Information


MOEMS provides monthly problem solving contests for elementary and middle school students. Teams of up to 35 students can participate in either the Elementary division, grades 4 to 6, or the Middle School division grades 6 to 8.

Participation is open to all schools (public, private, and parochial, home schools, institutes, and individuals (with restrictions). Please contact us if you are an individual wanting to register for the contests.

Contests may be printed and administered  to the whole team at one location (MOEMS® OnPaper) or assigned online (MOEMS® Online).

The five monthly contests with five problems each consist of unique problem sets that must be  administered each month from November through March.


  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics
  • To introduce important mathematical concepts
  • To teach major strategies for problem solving
  • To develop mathematical flexibility in solving problems
  • To strengthen mathematical intuition
  • To foster mathematical creativity and ingenuity
  • To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges


MOEMS® contests may be used in any number of venues that will meet the needs of your school, district, institute or individuals:
  • an enriching classroom activity to strengthen problem-solving skills of all students;
  • a before-school or after-school math program (or even a weekend academy)
  • a push-in or pull-out enrichment program
  • a district gifted program.
  • a unifying activity for remotely educated students

The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, administered from November through March. Your team members become excited by the immediate feedback received from teams of other students all around the globe.

Contests may be administered at the coordinator’s (PICO’s)* convenience during an approximately 4-week window. No travel is needed to compete. *Person In Charge Of (PICO)


Created in 1977 by Dr. George Lenchner, an internationally known math educator, the Math Olympiads went public in 1979. In 2020 nearly 120,000 students from over 5,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. All 50 states and about 35 countries participated.

What is Included

The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, administered from November through March. For the annual fee, the team receives:
  • All 50 problems and detailed solutions from the previous two years
  • Five monthly contests with detailed solutions (5 questions each)
  • Online newsletters that lead the sponsor through all procedures, provides statistics and relevant information.
  • In addition for those teams that submit results, MOEMS will send out an awards box which will include:
    • Certificates for all students
    • One Highest Individual Scorer trophy
    • Award patches for about 50% of all top participating students
    • Silver pins for top 10% and gold pins for the top 2% of scores
    • Non-Institute teams may earn a team plaque