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The mission of the Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge (EMC) is to enhance the teaching and learning of problem solving and communication in our city’s public schools through a series of school-based collaborative practice sessions and university-based competitive events.

Sponsored by Drexel University, the Math Forum @ Drexel, the National Society of Black Engineers, Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition.
Drexel University    The Math Forum @ Drexel    National Society of Black Engineers    Philadelphia Math Science Coalition



Teams of eight (8) students in grades 8-12 from Philadelphia public schools work with math teachers at their schools and mentors from Drexel University to:

  • design creative solutions to engineering challenges
  • create short videos that include math modeling questions about the real world
  • present written and oral responses to open-ended mathematics problems, and
  • compete head-to-head in a math quiz bowl round.

Problems of the Week

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Team Composition

Up to 12 public schools in Philadelphia may register a team of 8 students and 1 teacher sponsor for competition. Because this first year of the Philadelphia EMC is a pilot year, preference will be given to neighborhood high schools. Students must be in a grade 8-12. Teams may not include more than 3 seniors. In addition, teams must be led by at least one teacher coach from the students’ high school. A mentor from Drexel may be partnered with each school to provide support.

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