Phat Math, Inc. Announces a Fun New International Financial Literacy Contest: "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees!"

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This first annual "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees!" international financial literacy contest is sponsored by Phat Math, Inc. and powered by Wildfire Promotion Builder.

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"Making math fun and relevant is a real public service. Iris Mack has created a group of characters and scenarios that will draw young people into the fold of knowledge." Karen Pritzker – Producer of The My Hero Project

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Phat Math, Inc. announced today the launch of its annual international "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees!" contest. Participants will compete in an international financial literacy contest for a chance to win cash prizes and math tutoring sessions. Detailed contest information may be found on, Facebook and

In the book Mama Says, “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees!” by Dr. Iris Mack a group of hip animated characters are led through fun-filled math classes all about how money and interest work in their everyday lives. Learn a bit about these fun classes in this book video trailer.

To qualify for a prize in the "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees!" contest, please write an essay of 500 words or less. Answer the following questions in your essay.
1. Who is your favorite character in Dr. Mack's book? Why?
2. How does what Professor 0 teach his class on money and interest (pages 24 to 40 of the book) relate to your life?
3. Why is it important to understand interest and how it makes money grow?
4. Can you relate what Professor 0 teaches about interest to the trillions of dollars of U.S. government debt? Feel free to use the information in these debt clocks.

*Contest Prizes
Grand Prize: $1,500 and fifteen (15) hours of math tutoring for the highest scored financial literacy essay written.**
2nd Prize: $400 and ten (10) hours of math tutoring for the second highest scored essay written.**
3rd Prize: $100 and five (5) hours of math tutoring for the third highest scored essay written.**
**Please note the math tutoring sessions may be conducted online or in-person.

*Contest Timeline
Phase 1: Submit Your Entry (April 5 - July 5)
Phase 2: Judging (July 6 - July 20)
Phase 3: Judges Announce Winners (July 23)

*International Contest Judges
Mrs. Wilhelmina Conrad - AT&T, Senior Specialist Network Support
Mr. Christopher Hill - Krisken Management SA Geneva, Managing Director
Ms. Peggy Ireland - Editor’s Association of Canada, Author of “Easy Tax Tips for Canadians”
Dr. Iris Mack -, Applied Mathematician, Financial Engineer and Author
Traynham E. Mitchell Jr., Esq. - The Nasdaq Stock Market Inc., Chief Counsel of Listing Investigations
Dr. Edwin Moses - Olympic Gold Medalist, Investment Banker, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy
Mr. Claude Poux - California Institute of Technology, Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory, Business/Operations Manager
Monique Shankle, Esq. - Chevron, Contracts Lawyer
Dr. Margot Tyler - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Program Special Initiatives
Dr. Alexander Wagner - University of Zurich, Professor of Banking & Finance


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