SpringBoard is a popular annual math contest in the USA and Canada. While Splash Math classrooms achieve weekly practice goals, each student and the whole classroom gets a chance to win exciting rewards. Every classroom has a minimum of 1 student is eligible for this contest.
For complete rules of the contest, and details on prizes etc, please visit this link. We have complied a few frequently asked questions to help you have a clear understanding of the contest. Please feel free to reach out to us in case of any queries.
1. What are different prizes in Springboard?
Splash Math SpringBoard has two prize categories:
Grand Prizes: Classrooms compete at the national level to win the grand prizes. These are based on classrooms cores. There are three grand prizes to be won (1st, 2nd and 3rd), which will be awarded to classrooms with highest "Best 6 Week" score. Read this article further to understand scoring.
Challenge Yourself Prizes: These prizes are based on the weekly scores earned by the classrooms. Based on your performance and performance of other participants a target will set for each participating classrooms. If your class beats the target set for you, you win the prize, as simple as that!. Following are prizes in this category
Weekly Challenge: Classrooms can win Weekly Challenge prize every week by meeting the target score for the week.
Super Challenge: Classrooms that win three Weekly Challenge prizes will automatically win the Super Challenge prize.
Mega Challenge: Classrooms that win six Weekly Challenge prizes will automatically win the Mega Challenge prize.
2. How do classrooms score points?
For a student, there are three types of points on answering questions in core curriculum skills:
1. Accuracy points — earned for answering a question right - 10 points
2. Bonus points for a streak of 5 consecutive correct answers - 25 bonus points
3. Bonus points for a streak of 10 consecutive correct answers - 50 bonus points
Points will be discounted by 50% for doing math that is below grade level. We want to encourage students to do math at-par the grade level. Please note that questions answered in the math facts section will not contribute towards Springboard scores.
For a classroom, the score is computed as follows
Weekly Score: The weekly score of a classroom is total points earned by the students during the week averaged over the number of students in the class. Additionally classroom can also earn a 'All Together Bonus'. If all students in the class earn at least 1000 points each during the week, the classroom will automatically earn 200 bonus points, on top of the points earned by the students
Overall Score: This is also known as the "Best 6 Week" score. The overall score of a classroom is the sum total of the weekly scores of the class in their best 6 weeks. This is done to ensure that classrooms who join the contest late or those which have to gone on a break in the middle of the contest, also have a fair chance of winning.
3. What is "Best 6 Weeks" score?
At the end of each week, the points earned by the class in the week will be frozen and will not be changed. As per the stipulated rules of the contest, the winning classrooms (grand prizes) will be determined by considering the scores in their best 6 weeks (highest score) out of the all weeks of the contest. This is done to ensure all classrooms, even those which started participating well after the contest had started, have a chance of winning. The scores of a classroom in their best 6 weeks will be added up to determine this score. This score will be computed at the end of each week, 5th week onwards
4. How is class bonus computed?
The score of a class is the average of scores of the students in the class. Additionally the classroom can also earn bonus points. If all students of a class earn at least 1000 points each during the week, the classroom gets 200 additional points over and above the computed score as a "All Together Bonus". Therefore every classroom can score 200 bonus points per week.
5. What happens when a student account is removed from the class?
The points of the student are no longer considered while calculating the class score. Therefore the overall score as well as the score for the current week are likely to be affected. The scores of the previous weeks are not altered in any case.
6. What happens when a student account is added to the class in the middle of the contest?
The overall score and the score of the current week will be affected as the new student account will be included in the computations. The scores of the previous weeks are not altered in any case. We advise that the students accounts should be added at the beginning of the week, so that even the new students have the whole week to participate.
7. What happens when a student moves from to another class?
The student moves along with this points. This means that the scores of student's current classroom will go down and the scores of his future classroom will go up. As mentioned in the previous answers, this will affect the overall score as well as the current week's score. Scores of previous weeks are not altered in any case.
8. Are there any other criteria for determination of winners?
There must be at least 8 students in the classroom for it to be eligible for a prize.