SUNY Canton Hosts Mathematics Competition for Middle School Students, Jan. 20


SUNY Canton will be hosting a Mathematical Association of America (MAA) American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in Dana Hall, room 230.

The competition provides an opportunity for middle school students to apply classroom skills to real-world problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment. Participants develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics, skills that can significantly contribute to their future careers.

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics for students in grades 5-8 who are 14-and-a-half or younger (as of the end of January 2024). Designed by the MAA, this competition aims to foster problem-solving and creative quantitative thinking skills among students in grades 5-8. It is the initial step in a series of international contests, including the one that determines the U.S. team for the International Math Olympiad.

The material covered in the AMC 8 includes various topics from a typical middle school mathematics curriculum. These may include but are not limited to counting and probability, estimation, proportional reasoning, elementary geometry (including the Pythagorean Theorem), spatial visualization, everyday applications, and reading and interpreting graphs and tables. The exam may also involve more advanced topics such as linear or quadratic functions and equations, coordinate geometry, and other concepts traditionally covered in a beginning algebra course.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to register their children for the AMC 8 through the MAA website prior to the event.

For those looking to help prepare their child for the AMC 8 competition, SUNY Canton Professor Jiayuan Lin is offering a free review book. Lin teaches mathematics for the college’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and is reachable by email at

The event is one of the initial community offerings orchestrated by SUNY Canton’s new Center for Workforce, Community and Industry Partnerships.


About MAA AMC:

The MAA’s AMC program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. The MAA AMC program helps America’s educators identify talent and foster a love of mathematics through classroom resources and friendly competition. The MAA AMC program positively impacts the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society. The first Mathematical Contest, sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), took place in 1950. It was given to around 6,000 students from about 200 schools in the New York area only. Today, the competition has grown to over 300,000 students participating annually, from more than 4,000 schools.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.