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The Poly Challenge is a free and open call to all users of Polyup; K-12 students, math teachers, education leaders, and families will band together to tackle creative problem solving, work to improve math skills, and engage in computational thinking.

To celebrate contributions to the Poly Challenge, Polyup and other sponsors have contributed prizes for classrooms or schools! See here for details.

Polycoin

200,000,000+

Polycoins generated since 12:01AM PST Jan 7th till 7:54AM PST Jan 23rd, 2019
To see the latest numbers enter into the Poly Challenge.

Enter the challenge with the instructions below, then play and create Poly Machines (puzzles) to earn Polycoins! Click here to find prizes offered by Polyup or other organizations!

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

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Drawings, Rewards, and Prizes

Started

#PolySummer2019

Poly Summer 2019

May 27th to August 4th

0 Polycoins Earned

$4000 worth of gift cards

Started

#PolyChallenge256M

Poly Milestone

2019

0,000,000 Polycoins Remaining

Winners will be announced soon!

Started

#TechScoutsPrize

TechScouts prize

May 27th to June 9th

0 Polycoins Earned

Scholarships and Discounts

10,000,000+

Problems Solved

500,000+

Problems Authored

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How to Sign up for Poly Challenge

Teachers

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

  • Go to: Polyup
  • 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 "Teams and Prizes". Click "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.
  • 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. On the "teams and prizes" page, click on "Join a Team". Enter your School Leader's #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.

Students

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

  • Go to: Polyup
  • 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 for your teacher's #TeamName. Click the menu again, and click on "Teams and Prizes". Click on "Join a Team". Enter your teacher's #TeamName and join.
  • (Optional) Author Poly Machines to earn more Polycoins: If you author a Poly Machine for others to play, for every 5 Polycoins other players earn playing your machine, you earn 1 Polycoin.

School Leaders
(Principals, principal cabinet members, heads 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: Polyup
  • 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 and choose "Teams and Prizes". Click on "Create Team", choose School Leader as your role, and choose your #TeamName. If the name is taken please input another name for your team.
  • Join your District Leader’s Team: Ask for your District Leader's #TeamName. Click the menu again, and click on "Teams and Prizes". Click on "Join a Team". Enter your District Leader's #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.

District Leaders
(Superintendents, Superintendent cabinet members, heads 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 Polyup
  • 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, and choose Create Team. Choose District Leader as your role, and and choose your #TeamName. If the name is taken please input another team name.
  • How to Get Others to Join Your Team: Send polychallenge.org to your school‘s leaders, together with your #TeamName, to have them join your team. Now, as your schools teams solve Poly Machines, you gather all of your teacher-teams’ Polycoins.
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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 continue playing machines for the relevant grade range. If you ever have questions or are facing any bugs, please send an email to poly@polyup.com.

Lesson plans

Polyup offers lesson plans for teachers to use in their classrooms. Lesson plans are designed as curriculum supplements with standards-alignment to the Common Core. Check out our educators page for more information on how to use Polyup in your classroom!
 
 
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Platforms

 
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Printed material

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

 

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