The Team Challenges Program (TCP) was founded in 2014 as a high school mathematical competition for students in the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the Fraser Valley. The competition is designed by Vancouver-based high school students and consists of a number of different events per year, each held at a different participating school. At every event, teams of three to five from various schools are given creative mathematical games to complete within a specific time limit. The competitions are designed specifically to encourage participants to apply their knowledge in a cooperative settings, which is what makes TCP different from most math competitions in Canada. Each team’s performance on every game is evaluated, and at the end of the event, prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. During every school year, the TCP staff usually organizes 4-5 events, with one Finale event of unusually large scale.
For more information about the competition format, please refer to this link. For more information about the rules of the competition (including eligibility), please refer to this link. Past contest papers are available here (though past contest problems do vary widely in difficulty), and a list of upcoming competitions can be found here. Note that up until 2016, TCP was referred to more generally as the VMO (Vancouver Math Olympiad). Only in 2016 was the distinction made between the Vancouver Math Olympiad's two sub-contests, the TCP and the YYP.
For details on what mathematical topics the TCP competitions cover and do not cover, please visit this site!
- To provide local high school math enthusiasts with a unique and fun math competition where paper and pencil are not the only tools required to solving a problem.
- To increase the participants’ interests in mathematics and develop their problem solving skills.
- To expose students of the different areas of mathematics in an enjoyable way.
- To present interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty, and it is hoped that these questions will facilitate mathematical reflection after every event.
- To raise awareness about mathematical phenomenon in daily life and the workplace as well as new mathematical research.
- To promote awareness of environmental issues, support sustainability and green technology around Canada and the world.
If after reading the rest of the information provided on our website, you still have more questions, please contact the following executives of the Team Challenges Program:
- Executive Director: Serena He
- Outreach Director: Terry Zheng
- Human Resources Director: Anna Ding
The Team Challenges Program was founded in 2014 (as the former Vancouver Math Olympiad) by Waley Zhang and Andy Lee as a high school mathematical competition for students in the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the Fraser Valley. Since then, the competition has spread to many high school students in the region and continues to be the hallmark of creative and fun mathematical experiences in the region.