Academic Challenge Cup



GRC’s 2023 Academic Challenge Cup is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 – Thursday, March 2.


Gifted Resource Council sponsors Academic Challenge Cup, a series of friendly academic competitions in math and creative problem solving for St. Louis area students in grades 2 – 8. Academic Challenge Cup is held at University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL).

Cost is $90 per team of five.

The games all have one thing in common: they teach children how to think, not what to think.

goldstar Equations (grades 3; 4; 5; 6; 7-8) – A game of creative math that provides players with practice in arithmetic operations and assists in developing an understanding of number concepts, number systems, factors and primes, order of operations, and simple algebraic equations. Download a copy of the 2023 Equations rules.

goldstar Creative Convention (grades 2-4) – This competition requires no advance preparation other than practice in creative problem-solving and working as a team.

Equations players compete against people from other teams in several rounds. The five team members’ scores are calculated collectively to determine team winners.

Creative Convention teams of five work together to develop, design and construct a solution to a lifestyle problem; teams are scored on teamwork and creative problem solving.

Students learn to compete with the help of teachers and parents who coach interested students by playing the game and providing strategic tips.  Free workshops are available for parents and teachers to learn the challenging games of Academic Challenge Cup. To take a workshop, please call the GRC Office at (314) 962-5920 to register.

Equations Coaches Training:
Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:00 am – Wydown Middle School

Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30 pm – GRC Office (357 Marshall Ave., Ste. 6, 63119)

Creative Convention Coaches Training:
Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:00 am – Wydown Middle School

More information is available by calling the GRC office at 314.962.5920 or emailing us at

Dates for 2023 are:

Grades 6, 7 – 8             Feb. 27
Grades 3, 4, 5              Feb. 28
Grades 3, 4, 5               Mar. 1

Creative Convention:
Grades 2 – 4                
Mar. 2


Official Equations Practice Scoresheet Sample