Character Development

Math Pentathlon deals with social as well as academic growth, providing opportunities for students to stretch their boundaries and take risks, while looking beyond winning and learning from their mistakes.  Many “Life Lessons” are focal points of Math Pentathlon including: 1) do your best; 2) win with humility and lose with dignity; and 3) persevere when things don’t come easy.  To build confidence and self-esteem, the MP Tournament Challenge system encourages students to stand up for themselves by challenging others in a respectful manner, when they believe that they are right.

Listed below are some of the Character and Cognitive Traits that students have the opportunity to develop through their participation in the Mathematics Pentathlon® Program and a National Mathematics Pentathlon® Academic Tournament.


Character Development Traits

  • Self-Confidence
  • Persistence
  • Empathy
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Integrity
  • Self-Esteem
  • Decisiveness
  • Collaboration
  • Winning & Losing with Dignity
  • Flexibility
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Fairness
  • Attentiveness
  • Teamwork
  • Responsibility
  • Spirit of Inventiveness
  • Cooperation
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Standing up for oneself (challenging opponents)
  • Treating BOTH adults and fellow Pentathletes with Courtesy and Respect (Pentathlete Code of Conduct)
  • Self-Discipline
  • Appreciation of Others’ Talents

Cognitive Growth

  • Active Problem-Solving
  • Geometric Thought
  • Number Sense
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Nonroutine Problem-Solving
  • Computational Reasoning
  • Scientific Thinking
  • Deductive Thought
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Conceptual Understanding
  • Algebraic Thinking
  • Inductive Thought