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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not listed here, please feel free to contact us and ask. We will update this page as additional questions arise.

What is WSMA?

WSMA stands for the Washington Student Math Association. We are a non-profit group led primarily by high school students in the greater Seattle area. Our primary purpose is to inspire greater interest and curiosity for mathematics among K–12 students by providing educational services and supporting local area math clubs.

For more details, please visit our About Us page.

What are your different services?

We provide a variety of different services, but all of them ultimately contribute towards our efforts to promote a greater mathematical interest and a more open perspective towards math. Below are examples of our services:

  1. We help coaches and leaders improve their Math Club programs by providing them with online resources and information, including lesson plans, math problems, sample coaching materials and information about competitive events.
  2. We are a network of coaches, student leaders, and alumni hailing from local area math clubs that can provide guidance to aspiring math club coaches who may wish to contact us. We can be reached online or through our social media pages.
  3. We run regular public math programs, most of which are free of cost. Examples of programs include competitions, expos, seminars, and math practices. For more details on our current programs, please visit the Programs section of our website.

How can I become involved with WSMA?

Regardless of whether you are a student, coach, parent, or none of the above, it is easy to become involved with WSMA. One way to become involved immediately is to navigate to our website and register to become an online member of our network. Registration is free of charge, and once you register, your email will be added to our mailing list (your personal information will be kept private). This will help us keep in contact with you regarding upcoming WSMA meetings and volunteer opportunities.

If you are a student and would like to learn more about volunteering by joining our student leadership team meetings, please fill out our interest form and we will be in touch soon.

What exactly do you do at leadership team meetings?

The primary focus of our student leadership team meetings is to brainstorm new ideas for our upcoming math-related projects and check in on progress made since the last meeting. To make progress on all our different projects, we generally divide them up into individual and group tasks. Once a project is underway, we assign areas of ownership and delegate these tasks to our various sub-teams and individual contributing members. When time allows, we work on our tasks together during the meeting.

Do you get volunteer hours for going to meetings?

Yes — attending meetings, as well as time spent as a volunteer working on projects between meetings, counts for non-profit volunteer hours.

Where and when do you usually meet?

We currently meet weekly on Sundays from 5:00 – 6:30 PM PT virtually through Zoom.

What is the purpose of the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is a group of adult mentors including WSMA founding members, WSMA alumni, math coaches, and STEM industry professionals. The Board of Directors provides guidance to the student leadership team and oversees the long-term direction and continuity of the organization.

Are donations to WSMA tax deductible?

Washington Student Math Association is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are tax deductible. Our federal tax ID number is 27-0905748.