竞赛队最多由4名高中生组成，配备一位指导老师，在指定的17天(通常由11月第一周的星期五开始)内，由参赛队自己选定的连续36个小时完成竞赛。赛题为来自现实世界的两个实际问题，每个参赛队任选一个。竞赛时可以用书本、计算机、软件和网络等资源，但不能和队外的任何人(包括本队的指导老师)进行任何方式的讨论。竞赛结束后向COMPA递交答卷，由COMPA组织专家评阅，最后评出全国杰出奖(National Outstanding)、地区杰出奖(Regional Outstanding)、优秀奖(Meritorious)、荣誉奖(Honorable Mentioned)和成功参与奖(Successful Participate).为鼓励参赛学生的积极性，每个交卷的参赛队至少可以获得成功参赛奖，而获前四名的参赛队一般占总参赛队的70%以上。
Who We Are:
COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, is an award-winning non-profit organization whose mission is to improve mathematics education for students of all ages. Since 1980, COMAP has worked with teachers, students, and business people to create learning environments where mathematics is used to investigate and model real issues in our world.
What We Do:
COMAP develops curriculum materials and teacher development programs that are multidisciplinary, academically rigorous, and fun for teachers to teach and students to learn. COMAP's educational philosophy is centered around mathematical modeling: using mathematical tools to explore real-world problems. Our products are developed in print, video, and multi-media formats.
COMAP conducts research and analysis on the preparation of future mathematics educators and issues the results in newsletters and reports.
COMAP provides technical assistance and professional development support to educators at all levels.
How We Do It:
COMAP supports the reform movement in mathematics by developing its materials in the spirit of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards. We do this by:
Some of Our Accomplishments:
COMAP videos have won dozens of academic and television awards, including the American Film and Video Award Gold Medal, and the Golden Hugo from the National Science Films Board.
COMAP developed the PBS television series and textbook For All Practical Purposes: An Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics.
COMAP developed two PBS television series "Against All Odds: Inside Statistics" and "Algebra: In Simplest Terms."
COMAP developed a grades 9–12 mathematics textbook series Mathematics: Modeling Our World.
COMAP produces innovative curriculum newsletters for elementary and high school teachers, and a quarterly journal for undergraduate educators.
Who Funds Us:
Funding sources since 1990 include:
The National Science Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Exxon Education Foundation
The Carnegie Corporation of America
The Geraldine Dodge Foundation
National Security Agency
Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education
United States Department of Education
Who Advises Us:
Our organization is guided by a distinguished group of mathematicians, educators, and corporate executives. Our current Board of Trustees is listed below.
Mr. Joseph DeBlasi, Chairman & CEO, Decision Systems Inc.
Dr. Charles Holland, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Inst. (SEI)
Dr. Proctor Houston, Proctor Houston & Associates
Prof. Paul Kehle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Dr. Margaret Kidd, California State University, Fullerton CSUF
Dr. Penny Noyce, M.D., The Noyce Foundation
Mr. Steve Rasmussen, Publisher
Prof. Eric Robinson, Ithaca College (Retired)
Mr. Tom Ferrio, Ferrio Associates
Prof. Margaret Cozzens, DIMACS at Rutgers University
Who Works with Us:
COMAP works with a broad range of prestigious organizations and individuals, nationally and internationally:
For more information about our services, research reports, or curriculum materials contact: