Academic Challenge Cup


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

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.

goldstar LinguiSHTIK (grades 4-5) – An open-ended language game involving many aspects of English – vocabulary, word functions, grammar, sentence structure, and spelling. Players use letters on cubes to form words and make “demands” on other players.

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 and LinguiSHTIK 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.

  • Creative Convention Workshop: Oct. 19 from 11:10 – 12:40 at Wydown Middle School OR Nov. 7 from 4:30 – 6:00 at GRC Office
  • LinguiSHTIK Workshop:  Oct. 26 from 9:30 – 11:00 at Wydown Middle School
  • Equations Workshop:  Oct. 19 from 9:30 – 11:00 at Wydown Middle School OR Nov. 6 from 4:30 – 6:00 at GRC Office

More information for those interested in registering a team can be found in our enrollment packet or by calling the GRC office at 314.962.5920 or email us at

More 2020 information will be coming soon, but the dates are:
UMSL:  March 2-6
Washington University:  March 17-18


2020 Dates and Places

2020 Need-to-Know

2020 Sept letter (dates and times)

2020 Enrollment UMSL

2020 Enrollment Wash U


Official LinguiSHTIK Rules 2020

Official Equations Rules 2020

Official Practice Scoresheet Sample