Mathematical Puzzle Program (MaPP)

STEM Outreach




February 11, 2023

10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.



The High School MaPP challenge is held each spring. MaPP is a national program that challenges teams of high school students in grades nine to twelve to solve problems connected to active areas of mathematical research. Schools may enter a maximum of two teams, each of which should have a minimum of five and a maximum of eight students. Each school is required to have at least one teacher or parent chaperone for each team, with at least one chaperone being a teacher sponsor. 

Students will:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • Model with mathematics.

  • Use appropriate tools strategically.

  • Attend to precision.

  • Look for and make use of structure.

  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


This year Auburn will be a premier site for MaPP.  

MaPP Challenge '23 Premiere Description:

Whispers of the Untamed

Excuuuse me, adventurers! My name is Knot, and apparently, I'm some kind of fabled Hero of Logic? To be honest I'm not sure what that means, but this old man told me to find the pieces of the ``Prism of Acuity,'' and use them to defeat some kind of evil beast king named Wargon and save the Princess. The problem is, every random cave and dungeon we find in our Kingdom of Hyreign is filled with puzzles, and well, they say "it's dangerous to go alone." So if you're not doing anything for the next few hours, maybe you can help me avoid a Game Over?

In the MaPP Challenge, you'll face Location Mini-Puzzles, Warm-Up Puzzles, Main Puzzles, and Cryptic Puzzles. Each Location Mini-Puzzle solves to a code associated with a certain campus landmark. Entering this code into your smart device then unlocks a bigger Puzzle, which hides a secret word or phrase that you'll need to use logic and creativity to reveal. Entering this passphrase into your device reveals further puzzles, until the final Metapuzzle is found. Solve this Metapuzzle to win the game!


For more information on the MaPP programs please click here.

Please direct all MaPP event-related questions to Kristen Jackson,