With the 2014 High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) fast approaching, the Mathematics Department at Simpson College again is making every effort to promote this competition throughout the state of Iowa. This 36 hour international team competition is sponsored by the Consortium of Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP). For this competition, participants work on real world open ended problems. Recently visits have been made to the high schools of Sioux City North, Norwalk, and Central Academy in Des Moines. Visits are scheduled for Cedar Rapids Prairie, Ottumwa, and Lincoln High school in Des Moines. At each visit, there is a presentation given that prepares teachers and students for the competition. This presentation was put together by Simpson College mathematics faculty and students that participated in the Mathematical & Interdisciplinary Competitions in Modeling (MCM/ICM), also sponsored by COMAP. For ten consecutive years, Simpson College has fielded more teams in the MCM/ICM than any other institution in the United States.
As part of these promotional efforts, faculty member Rick Spellerberg and North Cedar High School mathematics teacher Vicki Hamdorf gave a presentation on the HiMCM at the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) annual meeting at Iowa State University. North Cedar High School was one of the first schools in the state of Iowa that started participating in the HiMCM due to the promotional efforts of the department. Since then North Cedar has participated in the HiMCM competition on a yearly basis and fields ten or more teams on a regular basis. Both the HiMCM and the MCM/ICM provide the participating students strong evidence that a background in mathematics will afford them a large and exciting number of career opportunities.