Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League Program


Registration for Fermi Summer 2019 is now open. Start date is June 11, 2019.

So what is Fermi Math all about? What makes it Fermi?

A Fermi question is posed with limited information given.

  • How many water balloons would it take fill grandma's bathtub?
  • How many rubber duckies will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?
  • How much fabric would it take to make jeans for Paul Bunyan?
  • How many eggs would fit in the Trojan Horse's body?

A Fermi question requires that students ask many more questions.

  • What are the approximate dimensions of the bathtub?
  • What kind of duckies? Babies? Ernie's? Mallard?... 
  • Do you want those jeans with or without five pockets?
  • What kind of eggs? Dinosaur eggs? Wren eggs? Duck eggs?... The list goes on.

A Fermi question emphasizes process rather than the answer.

  • A Fermi question demands communication and writing.
  • A Fermi question utilizes estimation, rounding numbers and guess.

Does this sound like fun?

Do you like to measure, estimate, and play around with technology? Love PowerPoint and Google Slides? Got a digital camera or a great camera on your phone? Fermites (Fermi students) access one Off-the-Wall problem per week online, work at the solution over the space of a week and a weekend. A model is constructed and added to Google Docs. Creativity and wild topics make Fermi an ideal solution for home enrichment, small groups, independent study or neighborhood fun.

Interested student may register and participate. No carpools or schedules to meet. Fermi is international...and very green! Summer Fermi is 4 weeks of supervised math mayhem. District 287 uses Google and Google Docs. We will need permission to view and comment on entries.

Many schools are especially interested in constructed response activities to help students gain experience and practice with this math area as a part of their literacy standards. Fermi Math emphasizes writing about your math...ideal for the integration of subjects and in STEM activities. Fermi Math is process-oriented rather than "one-answer" driven.

Registration can be for teams and solo learners. Our archive is available to registrants so they can play around with Fermi at any time! We have 18 years of problems stored up for your math amusement and activity. (Many schools have a "Fermi Friday" devoted to their own topics.)

No car pools are needed... Fermi is all internet/Google/email based. You do not need to be in a gifted program to participate. Fermi Math is open to all, and all are welcome to register. Fermi welcomes individuals, teams, or schools. Group rates are available as well.

Cost for the Session: $65 per team. (Coaches and parents do NOT pay.)

  • Students may work solo, or in teams up to four.
  • No boundaries! Any student may register and compete.
  • Divisions for grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, plus 7-9.
  • Grades 1-2 problems are "family math" oriented. Parents/teachers and kids solve as partners. All work is done on internet, via Google. No geographic restrictions, no carpools.
  • Work with friends, classmates and neighbors and siblings.
  • Links will be issued after registration is received.
  • Our archive is available online to registered students and schools.
  • Click on Rules and Tips for additional information.
  • Everyone must register online and have an "alias/team" name at registration. Plan ahead.
  • We work in Google online. No pdf, docx files can be scored.
  • Fermi is perfect as an enrichment model or for independent study; great small group or neighborhood activity.
  • Great math fun for neighborhood kids and clubs.
  • Prizes include lovely orange medals, ribbons, certificates, fame, or possible Nobel prizes...
Everyone must register online. Click here for instructions to register.

Questions??   Contact Kim Kallroos at kkkallroos@district287.org

Intermediate District 287 
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1820 Xenium Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55441


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PH: 763-559-3535

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