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A free and open challenge for K-12 students, teachers of math classes, education leaders, and families to engage in creative problem solving, improve math skills, learn computational thinking, and potentially win prizes for classrooms and schools!

Polycoins Generated since 12:01AM PST Jan 7th till 11:52AM PST Jan 19th, 2019
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Poly Challenge has begun! Here’s how it works. Enter the challenge with the instructions below, then play and create Poly Machines (puzzles) to earn Polycoins! On May 18th, the leader board of top teams will be announced. Click here to find upcoming challenges sponsored by various nonprofit and for-profit organizations! The more Polycoin you gain, the higher your chance to win!

That’s it! For the Poly Challenge, there are no restrictions on what machines you can play — solving any puzzles will give you Polycoins. We recommend giving your students one Poly Machine or set of Machines to work on per week, following the lesson plans in the “Getting Started with Polyup” section. Once they are up to speed, you can even have them create their own machines and play each other’s machines to gain even more Polycoins!

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How to enter the challenge

Teachers

Join Poly Challenge, earn Polycoin, and get the chance to win prizes for your school and classrooms.

  • Go to:
  • Sign Up: Click on the menu on the top left corner of the page ( 👤), and click Sign Up. Go through the Sign Up steps.
  • Create a Team: Now click on the top-left menu ( 👤), and choose Create Team. Choose Teacher as your role, and create your #TeamName by selecting “Create Team” and choosing your #TeamName. If the name is taken please input another name for your team.
  • Get Your Team Approval: Click on "Copy URL" to copy the team approval link. Send your team approval link to another Challenge Team lead anywhere in the world by text, email, Twitter direct message, etc. (Whoever approves your #TeamName will earn 1 Polycoin for each 10 Polycoins your team earns, up to 500 Polycoins). If you do not know any Challenge Team leads, you can send your approval link with a Twitter direct message to @polyupinc, or email it to poly@polyup.com. Your #TeamName will be reviewed and approved within 24 hours. After you are approved, if you refresh the Polyup app webpage you will see the name of your team at the top of the Polyup app webpage.
  • Invite Your Students: Have your students follow the instructions in the "Students" section. They will need to know your #TeamName and create an account on Polyup to participate in the Poly Challenge. As you and your students solve Poly Machines your team will collect everyone’s earned Polycoins.
  • Join your School Leader’s Team: Ask your School Leader for their #TeamName. Click on #PolyChallengeSpring2019 at the top of the app. Click on "Join a Team". Enter your School Leaders #TeamName and join.
  • (Optional) Author Poly Machines to earn more Polycoins: If you or someone else authors a Poly Machine for others to play, for each 5 Polycoins the players earn playing your machine, your team earns one Polycoin.
  • (Optional) Approve other teams to earn more Polycoins: You can invite another teacher, school leader, or district leader by sending them polychallenge.org and telling them to follow the instructions. Make sure to ask them to send you their approval link so you can approve them. Finally, support them on using Polyup to increase learning for their students. For each 10 Polycoins earned by the team you approved, you earn one coin. You can earn up to 500 Polycoins from the team you have approved.

Students

Join Poly Challenge, earn Polycoin, and get the chance to win prizes for your school and classroom.

  • Go to:
  • Sign Up: Click on the menu on the top left corner of the page ( 👤), and click Sign Up. Go through the Sign Up steps.
  • Join your teacher team: Ask your teacher's #TeamName. Click on #PolyChallengeSpring2019 at the top of the app. Click on "Join a Team". Enter your teachers #TeamName and join.
  • (Optional) Author Poly Machines to earn more Polycoins: If you or someone else author a Poly Machine for others to play, for each 10 Polycoins the players earn playing your machine, you earns 2 Polycoin.
  • (Optional) Approve other teams to earn more Polycoins: You can invite another teacher, school leader, or district leader by sending them polychallenge.org and telling them to follow the instructions. Make sure to ask them to send you their approval link so you can approve them. Finally, support them on using Polyup to increase learning for their students. For each 10 Polycoins earned by the team you approved, you earn one coin. You can earn up to 500 Polycoins from the team you have approved.

School Leaders
(Principals, principal cabinets, head of math department, …)

Join the Poly Challenge, gather your school’s Polycoins, and help your school’s teachers get the chance to win prizes for your school.

  • Go to:
  • Sign Up: Click on the menu on the top left corner of the page( 👤), and click Sign Up. Go through the Sign Up steps.
  • Create a Team: Now click on the top-left menu again ( 👤), choose Create Team. Choose School Leader as your role, and create your #TeamName by selecting “Create Team,” choosing your #TeamName. If the name is taken please input another name for your team. Continue by inputting your school zip code and clicking on the location of your school on the map. This is a Google map and understands full addresses too.
  • Get Your Team Approval: Click on "Copy URL" to copy the team approval link. Send your team approval link to another Challenge Team lead anywhere in the world by text, email, Twitter direct message, etc. (Whoever approves your team name will earn 1 Polycoin for each 10 Polycoins your team earns, up to 500 Polycoins). If you do not know any Challenge Team leaders, you can send your approval link with a Twitter direct message to @polyupinc, or email it to poly@polyup.com. You team name will be reviewed and get approved in 24 hours. After you are approved, if you refresh the Polyup app webpage you will see the name of your team at the top of the Polyup app webpage.
  • Join your District Leader’s Team: Ask for your District Leaders #TeamName. Click on #PolyChallengeSpring2019 at the top of the app. Click on "Join a Team". Enter your District Leaders #TeamName and join.
  • How to Get Others to Join Your Team: Send polychallenge.org to your school‘s math and computer science teachers, together with your #TeamName, to join your team. Now, as your teacher-teams solve Poly Machines, you gather all of your teacher-teams’ Polycoins.
  • (Optional) Approve other teams to earn more Polycoins: You can invite another teacher, school leader, or district leader by sending them polychallenge.org and telling them to follow the instructions. Make sure to ask them to send you their approval link so you can approve them. Finally, support them on using Polyup to increase learning for their students. For each 10 Polycoins earned by the team you approved, you earn one coin. You can earn up to 500 Polycoins from the team you have approved.

District Leaders
(Superintendents, Superintendent cabinet, head of curriculum development, …)

Join Poly Challenge, gather Polycoins for the district, and help your district’s teachers get the chance to win prizes for their classrooms and schools.

  • Go to
  • Sign-Up: Click on the menu on the top left corner of the page( 👤), and click Sign Up. Go through the Sign Up steps.
  • Create a Team: Now click on the top-left menu again ( 👤), choose Create Team. Choose District Leader as your role, and create your team name by selecting “Create Team,” choosing your #TeamName. If the name is taken please input another team name. Continue by inputting your school zip code and clicking on the location of your school on the map. This is a Google map and understands full addresses too.
  • Get Your Team Approval: Click on "Copy URL" to copy the team approval link. Send your team approval link to another Challenge Team lead anywhere in the world by text, email, twitter direct message, etc. (Whoever approves your team name will earn 1 Polycoin for each 10 Polycoins your team earns, up to 500 Polycoins). If you do not know any Challenge Team leaders, you can send your approval link with a twitter direct message to @polyupinc. Your #TeamName will be reviewed and get approved in 24 hours. After you are approved, if you refresh the Polyup app webpage you will see the name of your team at the top of the Polyup app webpage.
  • How to Get Others to Join Your Team: Send polychallenge.org to your school‘s leaders, together with your #TeamName, to join your team. Now, as your schools teams solve Poly Machines, you gather all of your teacher-teams’ Polycoins.
  • (Optional) Approve other teams to earn more Polycoins: You can invite another teacher, school leader, or district leader by sending them polychallenge.org and telling them to follow the instructions. Make sure to ask them to send you their approval link so you can approve them. Finally, support them on using Polyup to increase learning for their students. For each 10 Polycoins earned by the team you approved, you earn one coin. You can earn up to 500 Polycoins from the team you have approved.
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Benefits

Poly Challenge is a community-based program that incentivizes students, teachers, and school systems to engage in computational thinking and creative problem solving.

From taking the Polyup environment to hundreds of classrooms, and from the direct praise of hundreds more teachers, principals, and superintendents using Polyup in their schools, we have witnessed the near-unanimous positive impact that Polyup’s freeform math playground has had on students, both in terms of mathematical mindset and actual curricular learning. Poly Challenge creates an environment where students can receive the same impact without teachers expending valuable class time to fit an extra activity; students can work on their own time, improving their math and computational thinking skills, towards the ultimate goal of winning prizes for their classroom.

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Getting Started With Polyup

Introduction to Polyup

To help orient you and your team to Polyup, we have released new machines for each of four grade ranges: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. These machines will introduce students to the Polyup platform and corresponding, grade-relevant topics. To access these machines, play through the Meet Poly machine, and then click on the relevant grade level. If you ever have questions or are facing any bugs, please send an email to poly@polyup.com.

Lesson plans

We’ve just released a set of curriculum-oriented 15-minute class plans to prepare your students for the Challenge. There is a Polyup activity for every topic covered in each grade range. In these lesson plans, you will be able to find session videos, a description of the covered curriculum, and a solution manual to equip you with everything you need to know to conduct that session!

 
 
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Platforms

 
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 Collaborators

A Computational Thinking Alliance project

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Printed material

Feel free to download the following competition materials and print them in your class!

 

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