MaPP Challenge '19 at Lamar University

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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) Challenge '19: To Aleph-Zero and Beyond is a team-based competition for 7th-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 each of your schools 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 event, see

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

Location: Lamar University

What follows is a tentative schedule for the event, due to take place on Friday, April 26:

  • 9:15 am: Registration at the live Oak Ballroom in the Setzer Student Center
  • 9:45 am: Orientation
  • 10:00 am: Puzzlehunt begins
  • 12:00 pm: Gather to proceed to dining hall
  • 12:15 PM: Headcount and dining (return to team headquarters responsibility of team/sponsors)
  • 1:30 pm: Deadline for turning in solutions, gather for campus tour
  • 2:40pm: Wrap-up, Awards, Dismissal at Dr. Richard L. Price Auditorium
  • 3:00pm: Event tear-down

Registration is now open!

Students and chaperones are encouraged to bring a bottle for water. Lunch will be available at the Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall for the teams during the competition. Teams will have to arrange their own transportation, and there will be a registration fee of $125 per team. This will go toward the ClueKeeper app to use during the event, a shirt for each participant and chaperone, as well as lunch and awards.

If a team is unable to gather 7 or 8 members, the cost per team is $20/member for teams of size 6 or less. Registration will be first come, first served. While it is likely that all teams that are interested can participate, it is possible that we will reach our capacity, at which point registration would be closed.

We have provided a "teaser" puzzle to give you a taste of the kind of mathematical challenges your teams will face on April 26. Contact for more information, and feel free to share it with whomever you like; I hope to hear from you soon!

Additional Instructions and Requirements for Participating Schools

  • ClueKeeper App: Each team must provide at least one smart device with GPS, cellular internet access, and the ClueKeeper app installed. Submitting solutions and finding hidden locations on campus will be done via this app. A smartphone belonging to a student will likely serve this purpose; teammates can use additional devices to connect to the app as well. Please contact PJ Couch for assistance.
  • Campus Map: MaPP Challenge ‘19 will be run within the area bounded by Rolfe Christopher, Jimmy Simmons, Jim Gilligan, MLK, and Lavaca as pictured on the campus map. Teams will be based in the Setzer Student Center, but players will need to use GPS on their smart device to check-in to certain locations on campus throughout the game. In particular, teachers should not bring students they do not trust to explore this portion of Lamar University’s campus without direct supervision. Students remain the responsibility of their teacher/sponsor during this event.


 For more details about the event, see