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MEDIA RELEASE: Australian girls ready to compete on world stage in Mathematics

MEDIA RELEASE

Australia sending team to European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

For the first time Australia has applied to send a team to the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).  The Australian Mathematics Trust will be using its International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) expertise and resources to identify, train and support the four-member team.

EGMO is an international mathematics competition for female high school students. Similar in form to the IMO, there are six proof-style problems given over two days.  EGMO has steadily grown into a major international event since its inception in 2012, with the 2017 EGMO involving 44 countries. A number of non-European nations regularly participate including India, Japan, the USA and Mexico.

Recent IMO Olympian, Michelle Chen, said of the Olympiad competitions that she ‘found the maths really hard at first and I didn’t really know anyone, but it got better after I attended a few more training schools. You get an opportunity to talk to people who are also good at maths. You feel a bit competitive, but at the same time everybody is happy to help each other out.’

When asked about Australia’s participation in EGMO, Cheryl Praeger, Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC), said, ‘This is an opportunity for Australian girls who enjoy maths not only to gain vital experience in competitions like this, but it increases their confidence to try other events and to network, mingle, and “not be the only girl in the room”’.

Angelo Di Pasquale, AMOC Director of Training, said, ‘We are hopeful that EGMO can become a regular part of our Olympiad calendar.  It will provide girls with a new opportunity to train in problem solving, and will help us expand our pool of potential IMO participants.’

This news follows the recent announcement of the Cheryl Praeger Medals, for the highest achieving Australian female students in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) for each year group.

This initiative is possible through the financial support of Optiver.

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2663
marketing@amt.edu.au

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE – New Award for Top Achieving Girls in Mathematics

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The top-performing girls in this year’s Australian Mathematics Competition will be awarded the newly created Cheryl Praeger Medal during upcoming awards presentations around the country.

The medal is named in honour of prominent Australian mathematician Cheryl Praeger. Cheryl is a foundation member of the Australian Mathematics Trust’s Board and has been Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee since 2001. She is an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science. More details about Cheryl’s achievements and research can be found on her UWA profile.

The Australian Mathematics Trust is focusing on ways in which it can recognise and develop girls’ participation in mathematics and algorithmics.

Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford, said, ‘The Cheryl Praeger medal is one initiative we are putting in place to recognise girls who have demonstrated good potential in problem solving and mathematics. With Cheryl’s outstanding academic profile and achievements, international reputation and enduring contribution to the activities of the Trust, particularly in support of our mathematics Olympians, we could not have had a better role model for young aspiring female mathematicians’.

Hundreds of thousands of students from schools in more than 30 countries entered the AMC this year. Students completed 30 questions, set in situations that show the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives, with an emphasis on problem-solving.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania, will present medals to students from across Australia at a ceremony at Government House in Hobart on Monday 13 November 2017. Overseas medallists will be presented with their medals at ceremonies in their respective countries.

The 2017 AMC Medals are awarded to:

1) all students achieving a perfect score
2) the top 3 students in each year (international or domestic)
3) the top Australian student in each year
4) the top performing Australian female student in each year
5) the top performing student in each Australian state and territory

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:
Kate O’Sullivan
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2663
marketing@amt.edu.au

 

Save the Date – 2018

The 2018 dates have been finalised for both the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition and the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

Registrations will open later in the year, so keep an eye on our website.

Competition
Date
Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Tuesday 27 March 2018
Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) Thursday 9 August 2018

 

If you have any queries, please contact the AMT office.

 

Get started on your pathway to the Olympiads

The pathway to the Olympiads starts with one of two competitions. For informatics, the Australian Informatics Olympiad (AIO) is the starting point. The mathematics pathway starts with the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO). Both of these open competitions take place in late August/early September each year.

Australian Informatics Olympiad

The AIO is a national computer programming competition held this year on Thursday 31 August.

Students write short computer programs to solve four problems that vary in difficulty. The competition does not test computer literacy or knowledge, but is focused on problem solving through programming skills. There are two papers: Intermediate for students up to Year 10, and Senior for students up to Year 12.

The AIO is suitable for students with some programming experience. In particular, you need to be able to write code that can open, read and write to files; declare variables and arrays; use loops, conditional (if) statements and simple arithmetic operations You need to know one of the following languages to participate: C, C++, C#, Java, Pascal, PHP and Python.

If you don’t know how to code, you can learn for free through Codecademy.

Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad

The AIMO is a four-hour examination for students up to Year 10 level.

The AIMO is appropriate for those who have done the Gauss or Noether stage of the Enrichment stage of the MCYA, high achievers in the Australian Mathematics Competition and students who have acquired knowledge of Olympiad problem solving.

The AIMO and AIO are some of the competitions used to determine which students are selected to a number of invitation only events, including other mathematics/informatics competitions, enrichment classes and training schools. They gives talented students an opportunity to be recognised and to participate in activities which will enhance their enjoyment and knowledge of mathematics/informatics.

To enter students into either of these competitions, head to our entry page.

 

MEDIA RELEASE – Australia brings home gold from International Olympiad in Informatics

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Australian team member finishes in top 10 worldwide

2017 IOI team: Prof. Benjamin Burton, Team Leader Robert Newey, Jerry Mao, Charles Jameson, Richard Gong, Angus Ritossa, Deputy Team Leader Joshua Lau

Australia’s team performed strongly to win two gold and one silver medal at the 2017 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tehran, Iran.

Seventeen-year old Richard Gong finished in 10th place overall: a major achievement. Competing at the IOI for the second time, Richard added gold to his 2016 silver medal. Jerry Mao, selected for his third IOI, scored a gold medal to go with his silver (2016) and bronze (2015) medals. First-timer Charles Jameson also received a silver medal.

Nathan Ford, from the Australian Mathematics Trust, said, ‘Our 2017 results continue our strong performance on the international informatics stage.  Our excellent results demonstrate not only the hard work and abilities of our team members, but the excellence in problem solving training and support we provide these talented students with.’

This year 308 students from 83 countries from around the world participated in the IOI. A team of up to four contestants represented each participating country. The Olympiad included two days of competition tasks as well as time for practice, socialising and some sightseeing around Tehran. The Japanese team were the most successful this year, with three of the four Japanese competitors earning a gold medal.

The International Olympiad in Informatics is one of five international science Olympiads. Its primary goal is to stimulate interest in informatics (computing science) and information technology.

The Australian team (Richard Gong, Charles Jameson, Jerry Mao and Angus Ritossa) spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They succeeded amongst more than 5,000 other students in extension programs and qualifying exams. From that initial cohort, some thirty attended two training schools before the final selection of the team.

The selection process for the team to represent Australia at the 2018 International Olympiad in Informatics is already underway. Students from across the country are now preparing to sit one of the qualifying competitions, the Australian Informatics Olympiad, held on 31 August.

Detailed results of the competition are located at IOI 2017. The 30th IOI will take place in Japan next year.

The Australian Government through the National Innovation and Science Agenda supports the Olympiad programs, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:

Kate O’Sullivan           

Marketing and Communications Officer 

Australian Mathematics Trust

02 6201 2663

kate.o’sullivan@amt.edu.au

 

 

Media Release – Five Medals at International Mathematical Olympiad

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Australian student solves hardest problem in history of competition

The Australian team is bringing home three silver and two bronze medals, plus an honourable mention, from the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This year’s competition contained the hardest problem in the history of the IMO. Only seven students scored any points on the question, and only two, including Australia’s Linus Cooper, completely solved the problem. Australia has the distinction of scoring more points than any other country on this question with Hadyn Tang also achieving a partial score on the problem.

The Australian Mathematics Trust’s (AMT) CEO, Nathan Ford, said: ‘We had a great overall team result and it is a significant achievement for Australia to score more points than any other country on the hardest IMO problem in history. It shows how well our competitors are trained in solving complex problems. It’s a testament to Linus’ training, focus and perseverance that he solved it.’

The Australian team finished 34th out of 111 countries in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad. The South Korean team were the outright winners, with each competitor earning a gold medal.

Six hundred and fifteen students participated in the IMO from the across the globe. The competition was held over 18 and 19 July with competitors having to solve three problems over four and a half hours each day.

The Australian team spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the Olympiad selection. They succeeded amongst more than 25,000 students participating in extension programs and qualifying exams. From that initial cohort, some thirty students attended two training schools before the final selection of the team.

The Australian results were:

2017 International Mathematical Olympiad
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12 to 23 July

Student School State Result
James Bang Baulkham Hills High School NSW Bronze medal
Matthew Cheah Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC Silver medal
Linus Cooper James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW Silver medal
William Hu Christ Church Grammar School WA Bronze medal
Hadyn Tang Trinity Grammar School VIC Honourable mention
Guowen Zhang St Joseph’s College QLD Silver medal

 

The selection process for the team to represent Australia at the 2018 International Mathematical Olympiad is already underway. Students from across the country are preparing to sit important competitions during Term 3 including the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO) and the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Senior Contest.

Detailed results of the competition are located on the IMO official homepage.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO:
Kate O’Sullivan
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2663
kate.o’sullivan@amt.edu.au

 

digIT 2017 draws to a close

The group of 2017 digIT students

The group of 2017 digIT students

Fifty-five students from regional and remote areas of Australia have wrapped up the digIT 2017 program by coming together to talk about pathways into ICT, present projects and pitch solutions on how to solve some of the world’s problems.

The three-day residential camp brings to a close the six-month digIT program, combining two residential camps and a mentoring program. Central to these camps is the development of algorithmic thinking and coding skills.

ICT-related careers and opportunities are becoming ever more important in the workforce as non-traditional employers of STEM graduates recognise the value of these skills. Students participated in a careers panel with John Rogan and Kimberley Apted from Optiver, and Jim Mussared from GrokLearning and Google, where they asked questions about how to get into ICT employment/positions and what it is like working in the field.

The students also presented the projects they had been working on over the past six months with their mentors. These included a working robotic arm, adventure games, a gravity simulator, a home network set up, and a solution to solve a school website problem. They then took part in a ‘think and pitch’ session, similar to Shark Tank: students came up with ideas including apps to assist the elderly and enfeebled, as well as wearable technology to translate sign language to text.

The group finished on a high note with a trip to the Powerhouse Museum.

Noah and Sam from Armidale High School show Mr Jan Honnens (digIT Program Director) how their project works

Noah and Sam from Armidale High School show Mr Jan Honnens (digIT Program Director) how their project works

digIT is a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program, for year 8 and 9 students with an interest in ICT. The program particularly targets students from underrepresented groups such as disadvantaged, rural/remote and Indigenous.

For more information about the digIT program for 2018, contact us at digIT@amt.edu.au. If you are an ICT professional and are interested in being a part of the digIT program, we would like to hear from you.

The digIT program is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT – www.amt.edu.au). The ICT Summer Schools initiative (digIT) is an initiative of and funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Training.

 

Australian Olympians ready to take on the world in mathematics and informatics

IMO and IOI teams

Ten of Australia’s best students have made the teams to represent Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad and International Olympiad in Informatics, taking place in July and August.

James Bang (Year 10, Baulkham Hills High School), Matthew Cheah (Year 12, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School), Linus Cooper (Year 11, James Ruse Agricultural High School), William Hu (Year 11, Christ Church Grammar School), Hadyn Tang (Year 8, Trinity Grammar School) and Guowen Zhang (Year 11, St Joseph’s College) were named as the members of the 2017 team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, and will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 12th to the 23rd of July. Richard Gong (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Charles Jameson (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Jerry Mao (Year 11, Caulfield Grammar School) and Angus Ritossa (Year 10, St Peter’s College) make up the team heading to the International Olympiad in Informatics and will be heading to Tehran, Iran, from the 28th of July to the 4th of August.

The Olympians received their Australian team blazers before the Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, at an official team announcement ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday 19 June.

This year’s youngest Olympian, Hadyn Tang said: ‘I am looking forward to being able to challenge myself at the IMO [International Mathematics Olympiad], and to have the opportunity to explore more areas of mathematics and meet other mathematical peers.’

These students have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They came from a pool of more than 25,000 students through extension programs and qualifying exams.  After making a shortlist of 150, they attended intensive training schools for ultimate selection to the teams.

The Olympiad programs are funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.

International Olympiad in Informatics 

28 July – 4 August, Tehran, Iran         

Richard Gong Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Charles Jameson Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Jerry Mao Year 11 Caulfield Grammar School VIC
Angus Ritossa Year 10 St Peter’s College SA
International Mathematical Olympiad 

12–23 July, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

James Bang Year 10 Baulkham Hills High School NSW
Matthew Cheah Year 12 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC
Linus Cooper Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
William Hu Year 11 Christ Church Grammar School WA
Hadyn Tang Year 8 Trinity Grammar School VIC
Guowen Zhang Year 11 St Joseph’s College QLD
 

It’s the 40th AMC!


The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) is running for the 40th time in 2017!

The AMC is a fun 30-problem competition that shows the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. Australia’s leading educators and academics, who have a deep understanding of national curriculum standards, design the unique AMC problems each year. Every year, hundreds of thousands of years 3–12 students, from Australia and overseas, participate in the AMC. The competition, which will be held on 27 July this year, is open to all students through their schools.

Perhaps you’re a student who has never participated in the competition. Or you might be the parent of a child who is interested in maths and likes to solve problems. In either case, you should talk to your school about entering the AMC. There is still plenty of time to do so! If you are a teacher and you don’t know your school code and password for our competitions and programs, please contact us.

Get your entries in for the AMC as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment via http://amt.edfinity.com/

Closing dates

  • Paper version: 10 July (30 June for overseas schools)
  • Online version: 20 July

Ready, GetSet, Go!

We encourage students to prepare for AMC by signing up to GetSet AMC. This self-paced, online course is designed to help students of all levels prepare effectively for the AMC. Students can get started quickly and easily, without teachers’ assistance. We are offering GetSet AMC for $2 per student to schools that order them with their AMC entries. Otherwise GetSet AMC costs $6 per student. Whether you are a student, parent or teacher, you can register for GetSet AMC via http://amt.edfinity.com/

 

Big achievements for Curious Minds participants

Girls in STEM program awarded scholarships, selected in an exchange program to Europe

Curious Minds Logo 2017
Zali Roberts, currently a year 10 student at the Cleve Area School will soon be leaving for a 5-month exchange to Sweden. In August, Zali is taking up a Southern Cross Cultural Exchange after an extensive application process. She will be placed with a host family, attend the local high school and immerse herself in all things Swedish (including learning a bit of the language).

Zali was invited to be part of the Curious Minds program following her success in the Australian Mathematics Competition. For her, Curious Minds was the small step that opened her mind to bigger opportunities like this exchange.

Other students have also been reporting success in academic scholarship applications, such as Year 10 Canberra student Khadeja Khan. Khadeja also used Curious Minds as an opportunity to undertake a week of work experience in the IT section of IP Australia to see some of the useful real life applications of computer science and engineering. She has also taken three computer science workshops (two through Canberra Girls Programming Network and one at the ANU for the Girls in ICT day).

The Curious Minds program targets highly capable girls in Years 8, 9 and 10 who have an interest in STEM learning areas and pairs them with a female mentor recruited from a variety of STEM backgrounds. Together, they construct personal goals for the student, and work together over six months. Zali was paired with Melbourne-based hydro-geologist Dr Megan Sebben, and Khadeja with Canberra-based science communicator, Kate O’Sullivan.

The current program, which has been running for six months, will conclude in July when the girls will hold a presentation at the Australian National University to demonstrate what they have learned during the experience. For more details about the program head to the Curious Minds page.

Curious Minds is jointly delivered by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Science Innovations.

 

Getting Prepared?

Image of notebooks and pen

If you want to get ready for any of our competitions or to work on your problem solving skills, we have a series of resources to help.

Resources

GetSet AMC and GetSetCAT are self-paced online programs designed to help every student prepare effectively for the AMC. There’s a collection of problem sets and a mock contest for each division, and students receive a performance report with suggested areas of improvement.

The 2016 Solutions and 2015 Solutions books list all the questions and solutions for all the divisions of the AMC for a single year, presented in question order.

For Primary Students

Australian Mathematics Competition Primary Bk 2 (2009–2013) This book contains all the questions and solutions from the Middle and Upper Primary papers between 2009 and 2013. The questions are presented in the same order as in the real paper, which means you’ll be able to get some real practice done.

For Secondary Students

Australian Mathematics Competition Bk 5 (2006–2012). This is our most recent compilation of all questions and solutions for the secondary divisions (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) of the AMC. It is organised by topic and the questions get progressively more difficult. The source (year, division) for each question is indicated. With so many questions, you can use it all through high school.

For Advanced Students

Problem Solving via the AMC focuses on particular techniques for solving types of problems that students have often found difficult in the AMC (geometry, rates of change, Diophantine equations and counting techniques). The techniques are developed and explained through sample problems, then further problems are set, and solutions provided.

To order, go to our online bookshop.

 

A Purr-fect Start to the Year

Almost 16 thousand students across Australia, and internationally, will sit the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition today. Students will sit the one-hour problem-solving competition both online and on paper.

The CAT is an ideal challenge to encourage interest in programming. Results in the CAT often enable talent to be discovered that may not be uncovered in the classroom. The competition is a mix of multiple-choice and other problems and encourages students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity.

Teachers can prepare for today by reading the Manager’s Handbooks (Online and Paper [linked]).

Good luck to all students today!

 

Teachers, are you thinking of how you can give your students a head start towards exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers?

In 2017, we have a package discount when schools register for both our AMC and CAT competitions, both available in paper or online formats.

Algorithmic thinking is an essential skill for most STEM career pathways. The CAT, our Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, on Tuesday 21 March is the perfect way to introduce students to an exciting new discipline without the need for programming skills. We offer four papers, ranging from years 5 to 12.

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) is a fun 30-problem competition that shows the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. Each year Australia’s leading educators and academics design unique problems for the AMC. Hundreds of thousands of students in years 3–12 , from Australia and overseas, participate in the AMC annually. The competition, which will be held on Thursday 27 July this year, is open to all students through their schools.

You still have time to register your school for the 2017  CAT (paper version) until early March and the Online CAT until 5pm Thursday 16 March. Learn more or register your students now for our 2017 competitions.

Download prices and key dates – Australia, New Zealand, Singapore. For all other countries please contact mail@amt.edu.au

 

Australian Olympians to be supported by government funding

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) has welcomed the announcement from the Honourable Greg Hunt, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, that the government will continue to support our most talented Australian students to take part in the international Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads. The Australian Mathematics Trust will deliver this programme on behalf of the government.

The IMO and IOI are part of the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science and Mathematics Olympiads, annual worldwide competitions for exceptionally talented secondary school students from more than 100 countries. They are the premier international competitions for students of pre-university level and represent the pinnacle of high school achievement in each discipline.

Australian students regularly excel at these Olympiads: in 2016, teams returned from the International Mathematical Olympiad with two silver and four bronze medals and with three silver and one bronze medals from the International Olympiad in Informatics.

Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Executive Director of the AMT said, ‘At the top level, in the highly competitive International Olympiads, Australia performs consistently well. At a time when maths education in particular is a concern in Australia, the outstanding achievements of these students are inspirational. The students who attend these Olympiads are indicative of the enormous talent and capabilities of our young people.’

Announcements were also made to increase funding to Australian Science Innovations  for the Australian Science Olympiads and Asian Physics Olympiad, and the National Youth Science Forum.

The AMT is under the trusteeship of the University of Canberra.

 
Melbourne student is first girl ever picked for Australian Informatics Olympiad team

Melbourne student is first girl ever picked for Australian Informatics Olympiad team

Belinda Shi, a year 12 student from Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, will be the first Australian girl to compete at the International Olympiad in Informatics.

“I’m excited to be the first female on Australia’s International Olympiad in Informatics team,” she says.

Keen to counter the misconception that ‘girls can’t code’, Belinda decided to establish a coding club at school. Her goal is to introduce other girls at her school to informatics, programming and robotics. “I want to encourage girls to keep an open mind and give programming and technology a go, because learning to code is not only fun and rewarding but it’s a skill that’s useful in so many fields,” she says.

According to research commissioned by the Australian Computer Society, women hold only 28 per cent of Australian ICT jobs compared to 43 per cent of professional industry jobs. Encouraging girls to learn coding at school is a critical part of the challenge to increase the number of women in ICT careers.

Members of the Australian Mathematical and Informatics Olympiad teams are pictured above: (from left) Wilson Zhao, Ilia Kucherov, Johnny Lim, Jerry Mao, Richard Gong, Kevin Xian, Declan McDonnell and Belinda Shi; and inserts (from left) are Seyoon Ragavan and Michelle Chen.

Members of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) team, Michelle Chen and Seyoon Ragavan, are part of a cohort of 10 international special guests to be invited to train at the United States Math Olympiad Summer Program, which is running from 7 June to 2 July at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is a high honour for Michelle and Seyoon as the US is the reigning champion in the IMO. Australia has been invited due to our very strong performances at recent IMOs.

Twenty-seven of Australia’s brightest student biologists, chemists, computer programmers, physicists, mathematicians and Earth scientists have been selected to represent Australia at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science and Mathematical Olympiads in July and August. The students have succeeded from an initial pool of more than 150,000 high school students who sat open qualifying exams, including the Australian Science Olympiad Exams and the Australian Mathematics Competition. The Australian Mathematics Trust runs the Mathematical and Informatics Olympiad programs.

The Olympians will compete against 2000 of the world’s smartest kids at competitions in Vietnam (Biology), Georgia (Chemistry), Japan (Earth Science), Russia (Informatics), Hong Kong (Mathematics) and Switzerland (Physics). They will receive their Australian team blazers at a team announcement ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday 20 June. Media personality and maths whiz Adam Spencer will attend the ceremony together with one of Australia’s leading mathematics professors, The University of Sydney’s Dr Jacqui Ramagge, parents, teachers, academics, Olympiad alumni and officials.

“At a time when we are seeing a declining proportion of students choosing to study advanced maths and science subjects at high school, it is vital to have these national Olympiad programs to nurture and celebrate our science and maths talent,” says Adam Spencer.

Students inspired to win a place at next year’s International Science Olympiads can register for the Australian Science Olympiad Exams by 20 July at www.asi.edu.au. Students interested in next year’s International Mathematical Olympiad still have time to enter the Australian Mathematics Competition through their schools at www.amt.edu.au.

The Olympiad programs are supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Mathematics and Science Participation Program. BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and the Australian National University are supporters of the Australian Science Olympiad Competition. Optiver is a sponsor of the Mathematical and Informatics Olympiad programs.

Australian team members for the 2016 International Mathematical and Informatics Olympiads:

International Olympiad in Informatics        

12 to 19 August, Kazan, Russia                    

  1. Richard Gong, Year 11, Sydney Grammar School, NSW
  2. Jerry Mao, Year 10, Caulfield Grammar School, VIC
  3. Declan McDonnell, Year 12, Normanhurst Boys High School, NSW
  4. Belinda Shi, Year 12, Methodist Ladies’ College, VIC

 

International Mathematical Olympiad          

6 to 16 July, Hong Kong

  1. Michelle Chen, Year 12, Methodist Ladies’ College, VIC
  2. Ilia Kucherov, Year 12, Westall Secondary College, VIC
  3. Johnny Lim, Year 12, Killara High School, NSW
  4. Seyoon Ragavan, Year 12, Knox Grammar School, NSW
  5. Kevin Xian, Year 12, James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW
  6. Wilson Zhao, Year 12, Killara High School, NSW
 
Go on, test yourself!

Go on, test yourself!

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) is a fun 30-problem competition that shows the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. Australia’s leading educators and academics, who have a deep understanding of national curriculum standards, design the unique AMC problems each year. Every year, hundreds of thousands of years 3–12 students, from Australia and overseas, participate in the AMC. The competition, which will be held on 28 July this year, is open to all students through their schools.

Perhaps you’re a student who has never participated in the competition. Or you might be parent of a child who is interested in maths and likes to solve problems. In either case, you should talk to your school about entering the AMC this year. There is still plenty of time to do so! If you are a teacher and you don’t know your school code and password for our competitions and programs, please contact us.

Get your entries in for the AMC as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment via http://amt.edfinity.com/

Closing dates

  • Paper version: 13 July (16 June for overseas schools)
  • Online version: 21 July

 

Ready, GetSet, Go!

We encourage students to prepare for AMC by signing up to GetSet AMC. This self-paced, online course is designed to help students of all levels prepare effectively for the AMC. Students can get started quickly and easily, without teachers’ assistance. We are offering GetSet AMC for $2 per student to schools that order them with their AMC entries. Otherwise GetSet AMC costs $6 per student. Whether you are a student, parent or teacher, you can register for GetSet AMC via http://amt.edfinity.com/

 

Enter MCYA Challenge now

Why not enter your maths students in a Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA) program? Entries for MCYA Challenge are closing soon. Challenge, a problem-solving program for years 3–10, can be held during a consecutive three-week period between March and June.

Challenge comprises four problems for students in the primary levels and six problems for students in secondary levels. Groups of two or three registered students can discuss problems before each individual submits their solutions. There are separate problem sets for Middle Primary (years 3–4), Upper Primary (years 5–6), Junior (years 7–8) and Intermediate (years 9–10) students.

Don’t leave it too late, enter today via www.amt.edu.au/entry/

Closing date:

30 May

Results due:

24 June

Cost per student (including GST):

  • Primary: $18.15
  • Year 7-10: $25.30

 

* These prices apply to Australian schools only. For information about overseas pricing, please click here.

 
The future is bright for selection school graduates

The future is bright for selection school graduates

Optiver employee and former mathematics Olympian, Sen Lin, shared his experiences with students at the recent selection schools for the international mathematics and informatics Olympiads.

As far back as Sen Lin can remember, he was always ‘pretty solid at maths’. The mathematics that he did at school felt routine and easy, but something in Sen changed when he first encountered the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad.

‘This was a lot of firsts for me’, Sen (pictured above) explained to a room full of students attending the selection schools for the international Olympiads. His talk was part of a presentation ceremony hosted by Optiver, a new sponsor of the AMT’s Olympiad programs, on the evening of Tuesday 12 April.

‘It was the first time I used mod bash to solve some number theory problems. It was the first time I used more than one line in a geometric proof. It was the first time I really felt passionate about something.’

Over three years, Sen attended a series of 10-day intensive Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Schools of Excellence and Selection Schools, known informally by students as ‘camps’.

‘Camp after camp, I picked up more and more tricks before eventually being selected for the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2007. It was a dream come true to represent Australia doing something I really enjoyed.’

The experience served Sen well, as he went on to study pure mathematics and actuarial studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and was keen to pursue a career drawing on his mathematics skills.

‘I wanted a fast-paced career that would allow me to use those mathematical skills and concepts I had learnt through my years at the camps and apply them to real-world complex problems’, Sen explained. ‘I discovered a derivative trading firm called Optiver, and heard about the cool problems they were solving using maths. It sounded exactly like what I wanted to do.’

Optiver is one of the biggest market makers of financial products in the Asia-Pacific region, offering trading opportunities on major global financial markets using their own capital at their own risk.

Sen described his job at Optiver as a ‘never-ending computer game where you are constantly striving to get to the next level’. ‘The work environment is dynamic—the same solution doesn’t work forever as competitors adapt their strategies in response to your changes. The problems are non-stop and continuously challenging. The high rate of change is exciting to me and something I want to experience in my day-to-day job.’

Other Optiver employees Sampson Wong and Paul Cheung (former mathematics Olympians) and Daniel Berger (former informatics Olympian) also attended the event to speak to students about their experiences. It’s clear the skills obtained at camp are highly valuable in the workforce.

Following the talks by Sen, Sampson, Paul and Daniel, Optiver Grad Talent Scout People Leader Martina Carr and AMT Executive Director Mike Clapper presented students from both selection schools with certificates of attendance and Olympiad program t-shirts designed by Optiver.

On Wednesday 20 April, after the completion of both selection schools, Optiver arranged a half-day Mentoring Leadership Program for our Olympiad tutors. This session focused on ‘brilliant mentoring’ and was facilitated by Optiver’s Head of Education, Peter Leong, and Talent, Learning and Growth Leader Megan Bennett. The program enabled these students to step back from the day-to-day activities of the selection schools to learn some tips and techniques to help them get the most out of their mentoring interactions. The session was split into two parts. The first session covered how to use adult learning principles to deliver more engaging training whereby recipients would more likely retain the new knowledge. The second session highlighted the latest research about the brain and discussed how to apply this knowledge to help students perform at their peak. We thank Optiver for providing this excellent program to our Olympiad tutors.

 
Australia wins FARIO for 9th year running

Australia wins FARIO for 9th year running

Congratulations to Australia who, for the ninth year running, has won the French-Australian Regional Informatics Olympiad (FARIO). The first two places were taken by Australian students with third place tied by an Australian and New Zealand student.

Richard Gong (pictured left) from Sydney Grammar School achieved the highest score, while Jerry Mao (pictured right) from Caulfield Grammar School was in second place and Declan McDonnell from Normanhurst Boys High School came equal third.

FARIO is a fun online invitational competition, consisting of three questions, between Australia, France, Belgium and New Zealand. Like the Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad, it also forms part of Australia’s International Olympiad in Informatics team selection process. It offers the best high school computer programmers in Australia, France, Belgium and New Zealand a chance to compete against like-minded students from other countries.

The top students and their results are listed below.

Name Country Score
Richard Gong Australia 174
Jerry Mao Australia 167
Declan McDonnell Australia 152
Qingchuan Zhang New Zealand 152
Arthur Leonard France 139
Belinda Shi Australia 139
Charles Jameson Australia 139
Clement Chiu Australia 139
Felix Breton France 139
Thomas Sepulchre France 130
Etienne Rossignol France 119
Theophane Vallaeys France 110
Alex Socha Australia 100
Killian Dengreville France 100