It is great that the AMS is able to conduct this competition which values and encourages mathematical talent. While sports are usually celebrated, it is wonderful that students interested in mathematics can also be encouraged. I sincerely hope that many more students gain the opportunity to participate in this competition.
(Videos of games before 2014 are here.)
Watching the game, and playing along, is a great activity for a math club or for individuals who want to match wits with the contestants. Below are videos of recent games, which you can also see on the AMS channel on YouTube. It may not be obvious at first, but each event has more than one video.
*Highlights, including all questions and solutions, but not the time when contestants were working on the problems:
*Unedited game action:
*The awards breakfast, hosted by Ken Ono (Emory University), held earlier that day:
*And videos of game action that day:
*More video highlights from that day:
*Here's 2017 champ Graham O'Donnell just after his victory in the national championship, which took place at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta. (Video by Samantha Faria of the AMS Public Awareness Office and by Kelsey Houston-Edwards, 2016 AMS-AAAS Media Fellow.)
*2017 National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Semifinals and Finals: All the action from the games that took place on Jan. 7 at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta. (Videos by Who Wants to Be a Mathematician co-creator and tech expert Bill Butterworth, DePaul University.)
*The Awards Breakfast: Ken Ono, Emory University, hosts the contestants and their parents at the awards breakfast. AMS President Robert Bryant also greets and congratulates the contestants, who have breakfast with--and receive their awards from--some notable mathematicians. (Videos by Samatha Faria.)
A sophomore, Harris To, was the big winner at Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on October 27.
Ajay, a ninth grader, was the big winner when six contestants played one game of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2016 USASEF in April.
A record number of contestants, 14, played Who Wants to Be a Mathematician before a large and enthusiastic crowd at WCSU on April 5.
Jonny Zhang, a freshman at Barrington High School, celebrated Pi Day in style by winning Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Jonny talks about his victory in the last video in the playlist below.
*Ankan Bhattacharya, a junior at International Academy East in Michigan, wowed the audience as he won $10,000 on January 7, 2016. Here he is just after his victory, followed by videos from the awards luncheon (videos of the game action will be posted soon).
*Here is action from the semifinals and finals:
A team from Florida won $4,000 total and a TI-Nspire CX for each team member playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2015 American Regions Mathematics League Competition at the University of Georgia.
Erica Lin won $3,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the first National Math Festival in Washington, DC.
John Perino, a junior, won $3,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
Michelle Coen, a junior, won $1,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
Zachary Obsniuk, a junior, won $3,000 playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician in Ann Arbor.
*Sam Korsky talks about his victory (which netted him and the Glenbrook North High School math department $10,000):
*Action from the semifinals and finals:
*And video from the post-game awards ceremony, with emcee Ken Ono (Emory University):
Hunter Schmidt, a junior with an entrepeneurial spirit, won $1,000 at the 2014 Arnold Ross Lecture in Salt Lake City.
Kyle, an eighth grader, won $1,000 at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (acoustics weren't great).
Ashwin Sah had a big day at the 2014 OIMT.
Amanda Laidler was the big winner on this year's Pi Day.
David Stoner, a junior at South Aiken High School won $3,000 and a TI-Nspire CX in February.
Vivek Miglani took home $5,000 for himself and $5,000 for the math department at his school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (FL)
Almost all of the above videos were taken by Bill Butterworth of DePaul University, the rest are by AMS Public Awareness Officer Annette Emerson, Public Awareness Office Executive Assistant Samantha Faria, and by Robin Aguiar, AMS Meetings and Professional Services.