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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

MEDIA RELEASE

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

MEDIA RELEASE
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

 

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
 

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
 
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
 
Melbourne girls in contention for Australian maths and informatics Olympiad teams

Melbourne girls in contention for Australian maths and informatics Olympiad teams

Two year 12 students from Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne are competing against 29 boys for a small number of places on Australia’s teams for the international mathematical and informatics Olympiads.

Michelle Chen was one of 15 senior students at the recent Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Selection School vying for a place on the national team that will compete at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Hong Kong in July this year. Ten junior maths students ranging from year 7 to 10, including one girl, trained in a bid to be considered for IMO teams in future years.

Belinda Shi (pictured above) was one of 16 students at the recent Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee (AIOC) Selection School with a chance to represent Australia at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Kazan, Russia, in August 2016. IOI contestants need to use information technology skills for problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, coding and testing.

Michelle, Belinda and the other contenders recently completed the 10-day intensive AMOC and AIOC selections schools at Macquarie University that wrapped up on 19 and 20 April respectively. Six IMO and four IOI team members will be officially announced and presented with their Australian team blazers at Parliament House, Canberra, on 20 June.

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), a not-for-profit organisation, coordinates the training and selection for the Olympiad programs. Optiver is an official sponsor for the AMT’s Olympiad programs. The Mathematics/Informatics Olympiads are supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Mathematics and Science Participation Program.

Since attending the AIOC Selection School for the first time last year, Belinda feels that she has ‘definitely improved a lot’. ‘It’s really a lot of fun and you learn so much. It extends you beyond the work that you do at school, and I quite like that’, she said. ‘While there is still a community perception that learning about programming is more of a male thing to do, I think that people, including females, are realising how great programming can be, how useful it is.’

When Michelle went to her first maths training school for the IMO in 2014 she was the only girl. ‘I 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’, she explained. ‘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. I feel comfortable asking other students for help.’

To encourage more school girls to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the AMT and Australian Science Innovations jointly administer Curious Minds, a hands-on extension and mentoring program for girls. The program is supported by the Australian Government, the Australian National University and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 
Maths and coding whizzes vie for places on Australia’s Olympiad teams

Maths and coding whizzes vie for places on Australia’s Olympiad teams

Top performing high school students from around Australia have recently finished 10-day intensive selection schools at Macquarie University to compete for a small number of places on national teams for the international mathematical and informatics Olympiads.

Twenty-five students were invited to the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Selection School and 16 students were invited to the Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee (AIOC) Selection School, which wrapped up on 19 and 20 April respectively. The selection schools, which were coordinated by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), taught a variety of advanced problem-solving skills relevant to many university courses and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The AMT will select the teams to represent Australia at this year’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) and International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Six IMO and four IOI team members will be officially announced and presented with their Australian team blazers at a ceremony in Parliament House, Canberra, on 20 June. Most of the AMOC Selection School students are in contention to join the IMO team, while 10 junior maths students, ranging from year 7 to 10, trained in a bid to be considered for IMO teams in future years.

Seyoon Ragavan, a year 12 from Knox Grammar School in New South Wales, is aiming to be selected for the fourth time on the IMO team. He won a Gold medal at last year’s Olympiad and Bronze medals in 2013 and 2014. Year 12 students Ilia Kucherov, from Westall Secondary College in Victoria, and Kevin Xian, from James Ruse Agricultural High School in NSW, are hoping to be selected for the second time—both of them won Silver medals at the 2015 IMO.

Year 12 student Declan McDonnell, from Normanhurst Boys High School in NSW, and year 10 student Jerry Mao, from Caulfield Grammar School in Victoria, are aiming to be selected for the second time on the IOI team. Both of them won Bronze medals in 2015.

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. The Olympiads are the premier international competitions for students of pre-university level and represent the pinnacle of high school achievement in each discipline. This will be the 28th IOI, which is the second largest and most recently established of the Olympiads, and it will be held in Kazan, Russia, from 12 to 19 August 2016. The IMO is the largest and the oldest, now in its 57th year, and will be held in Hong Kong from 6 to 16 July 2016.

Optiver is an official sponsor for our Olympiad programs. The mathematics and informatics Olympiads are supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Mathematics and Science Participation Program.

 

Students blitz AIMO

There were 19 perfect scores in the recent 2015 Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad. Twenty-six students won Prizes and a further 123 students scored High Distinctions from the 1440 entrants in this four-hour contest, designed to challenge students in years 7–10. In Australia, this contest is used to identify students for further enrichment opportunities.

» AIMO results page.

 

2015 AIO Results

The 2015 AIO results are finalised.

Congratulations to the 287 students who programmed solutions in the Australian Informatics Olympiad on 3 September!
This Olympiad is an open event for students in years 7–10 and years 11–12, who sit an Intermediate or Senior paper respectively. Each paper consists of three problems, and students submit the source code for their solutions online during the three-hour contest. The AIO is a great exercise for an IT class that has learnt some programming, or enthusiastic students who have taught themselves.


There were 30 Gold, 27 Silver and 108 Bronze Awards.

This year’s results can be found here.

 
Australia leaps into top 10 at 2015 IMO

Australia leaps into top 10 at 2015 IMO

With 2 Gold and 4 Silver medals at the 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held this week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, our young secondary school students delivered an outstanding performance. In our best result in 35 years of competition, the team improved Australia’s ranking from 11th last year to 6th in the world.

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The IMO team after the Closing Ceremony with their medals, from left: Dr Angelo Di Pasquale, Team Leader, Jeremy Yip, Seyoon Ragavan, Yang Song, Ilia Kucherov, Alexander Gunning, Kevin Xian and Andrew Elvey Price, Deputy Team Leader.

Alexander Gunning on the way to collect his Gold medal at the 2015 IMO closing ceremony

Alexander Gunning on the way to collect his Gold medal at the 2015 IMO closing ceremony

See the interview with Alexander Gunning on the ABC Morning Show Monday 20 July 2015 here. Multi-medallist Alexander Gunning scored Gold and was ranked individually 4th in the world. With three Golds and a Bronze he is now the highest Australian on the IMO Hall of Fame leader board. Seyoon Ragavan was also awarded Gold for his 19th placing. All our other team members scored Silver: Yang Song, at his second IMO, Jeremy Yip, Kevin Xian and Ilia Kucherov on their first attempt.

Seyoon Ragavan wins Gold for his efforts at 2015 IMO.

Seyoon Ragavan wins Gold at the 2015 IMO.

See Seyoon’s story on SBS news here. Read articles about Seyoon in the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times. Jeremy Yip

Jeremy Yip receives his Silver medal at the 2015 IMO.

Listen to the interview with Jeremy by 774ABC Melbourne’s Rafael Epstein here.

Listen to an interview with Adam Spencer by Mike Jeffreys on radio 2UE.

The competition attracted 577 contestants from 104 countries, and was held in Thailand from 8 to 16 July. Students sat the IMO papers on 10 and 11 July, then awaited the marking and jury decisions.

>> Official IMO results are available here

2015 Team Results

The Australian team members and their results are:

Name
Year
School
Score
Medal
Alexander Gunning 12 Glen Waverley Secondary College VIC 36 Gold
Seyoon Ragavan 11 Knox Grammar School NSW 29 Gold
Jeremy Yip 12 Trinity Grammar School VIC 23 Silver
Kevin Xian 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 21 Silver
Yang Song 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 20 Silver
Ilia Kucherov 11 Westall Secondary College VIC 19 Silver

The cut-off scores for medals were Gold 26, Silver 19 and Bronze 14.

 
Olympiad teams announced

Olympiad teams announced

The 2015 Australian teams to compete at the International Mathematical Olympiad and the International Olympiad in Informatics were announced by the Hon Christopher Pyne, MP, Minister for Education and Training. The ceremony took place at Parliament House in Canberra on June 15 and Adam Spencer, media personality and Ambassador of Mathematics and Science, The University of Sydney, was the master of ceremonies.

Adam Spencer, who brought to the event his characteristic humour and warmth, acknowledged the hours of hard work put in by each of the students prior to team selection. Being chosen for a team is not simply dependent on sitting for an exam. It depends on hours of practice, commitment to mentorship, focus throughout the selection schools, and the ability to blend with the other team members. Adam encouraged them in the pursuit of excellence in their field.

Minister Pyne congratulated each team member as they were introduced. He commented on his government’s ethos to support the Olympiad team members and to support the science subjects as a whole. He made two points in particular with regard to primary schools: to declutter the primary school curriculum and focus on mathematics and science; and, by 2017, for primary school teachers to graduate with some specialist training in mathematics, science or a language. He congratulated all the team members and wished them every success. The six teams introduced by the Minister were Informatics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and, for the first time, Earth Science.

A special address was given by Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA of the University of Western Australia. Prof Praeger is Australia’s most decorated female mathematician and her specialist area is Networks and the study of Symmetry. Prof Praeger encouraged the team members to work hard and to be aware of ‘how good’ the opportunity is before them, not just the upcoming Olympiad but also the opportunities that will open to them throughout their careers, just as they have opened for her.

Both Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Executive Director, Australian Mathematics Trust and Dr Gunilla Burrowes, Chair, Australian Science Innovations, acknowledged the team leaders and parents who put in many hours to support the team members through the selection process. Adj Prof Clapper acknowledged the perfect scores of Alex Gunning and Ishraq Huda at the 2014 Olympiads and hoped, as is seen in many international sporting events, that these Olympiads would inspire a surge in interest in maths and science. Dr Burrowes acknowledged the number of girls selected to the teams this year, the highest number of any year, and was hopeful that it’s a sign of things to come.

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Above, the 2015 Informatics Olympiad team, from left: Ishraq Huda, Michael Chen, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Declan McDonnell and Jerry Mao.

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Above, the 2015 Mathematics Olympiad team, from left: Alexander Gunning, Yang Song, Kevin Xian, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Jeremy Yip, Ilia Kucherov and Seyoon Ragavan.

Photos by Irene Dowdy. Further photos can be found here.

The teams members selected for the Informatics and Mathematics Olympiads are as follows:

Informatics
29 July – 2 August Almaty, Kazakhstan ioi2015.kz
Michael Chen Year 12 Scotch College VIC
Ishraq Huda Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Jerry Mao Year 9 Caulfield Grammar School VIC
Declan McDonnell Year 11 Normanhurst Boys High School NSW

Mathematics
8–16 July Chiang Mai, Thailand imo2015.org
Alexander Gunning Year 12 Glen Waverley Secondary College VIC
Ilia Kucherov Year 11 Westall Secondary College VIC
Seyoon Ragavan Year 11 Knox Grammar School NSW
Yang Song Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Kevin Xian Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
Jeremy Yip Year 12 Trinity Grammar School VIC

 

APMO results for Australia

This year Australian students competed in the 27th Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) which was held on Tuesday 10 March 2015. They competed against students from 34 nations around the Asia-Pacific region.

The contest consists of one four-hour paper with five questions of varying difficulty, each having a maximum score of seven points.

The APMO is the second of five selection exams that students must sit if they are to be considered for selection to represent Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad. Unofficial scores, in order of merit, of the top 10 Australian students are in the table below.

Name
School
Year
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q5
Total
Jeremy Yip Trinity Grammar School VIC 12 7 7 7 7 0 28
Alexander Gunning Glen Waverley Secondary College VIC 12 7 6 7 7 1 28
Yang Song James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 12 7 7 2 7 0 23
Henry Yoo Perth Modern School WA 12 6 7 7 0 0 20
Thomas Baker Scotch College VIC 11 6 7 1 6 0 20
Allen Lu Sydney Grammar School NSW 12 6 7 1 6 0 20
Ilia Kucherov Westall Secondary College VIC 11 6 0 6 7 0 19
Seyoon Ragavan Knox Grammar School NSW 11 7 6 4 0 0 17
Yong See Foo Nossal High School VIC 11 7 7 2 0 0 16
Alan Guo Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC 12 7 7 0 0 0 14
 

Record numbers attempt AIMO

Some 1306 students from Australia, Bulgaria and Singapore attempted this year’s Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad. There were six perfect scores and 96 High Distinctions.

The top scores are as follows.

Student
School
State/country
Year
Total
PRIZE
FOO Yong See Nossal High School VIC 10 35
LEE Yu Tse Raffles Institution SNG 10 35
LEE Yuan Raffles Institution SNG 10 35
RAGAVAN Seyoon Knox Grammar School NSW 10 35
WANG Jianzhi Raffles Institution SNG 8 35
WANG Peng Jun Bryan Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 35
GAN Yang Raffles Institution SNG 10 34
KUCHEROV Ilia Westall Secondary College VIC 10 34
LIM Glen Wei An Raffles Institution SNG 10 34
LIM Zhe Hui Hwa Chong Institution SNG 10 34
LIU Yijia Raffles Institution SNG 10 34
MAO Jerry Caulfield Grammar School Wheelers Hill VIC 8 34
TAN Sheldon Kieren Raffles Institution SNG 10 34
WU Yikai Hwa Chong Institution SNG 10 34
YU Ma Zhao Raffles Institution SNG 9 34
LIM Jongmin Killara High School NSW 10 33
ZHAO Pengfei Hwa Chong Institution SNG 10 33
ZHENG Yaxuan Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) SNG 9 33
SHENG Eryuan Newington College NSW 10 32
ZHANG Austin Sydney Grammar School NSW 9 32
LU Shengwei Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 31
XIAN Kevin James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 10 31
HIGH DISTINCTION
COOPER Linus James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 8 30
FU Yu Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 10 30
XUE Ziming Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 10 30
GOH Hong Pei Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 29
KAYRYAKOV Evgeni Childrens Academy 21st Century BUL 7 29
LIM Steven Hurlstone Agricultural High School NSW 8 29
LIU Jack Brighton Grammar School VIC 8 29
PAPAZOV Hristo Childrens Academy 21st Century BUL 9 29
TAN Likai Raffles Institution SNG 9 29
WU Yanlong Hwa Chong Institution SNG 10 29
JUNAIDI Ariel Pratama Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 9 28
LIAO Meng Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 9 28
ZHANG Wen St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace QLD 8 28
CHENG Puhua Raffles Institution SNG 7 27
KIM Jun Trinity Grammar School VIC 10 27
KOH Shang Hui Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 27
KONG Winfred Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 27
LIU Tianyi Raffles Institution SNG 10 27
LUGOVSKOY Alex Willetton Senior High School WA 10 27
ROBERTSON Michael Campbell High School ACT 10 27
TIN Jun Hao Hwa Chong Institution SNG 10 27
YU Letian Hwa Chong Institution SNG 10 27
ZHAO Wilson Killara High School NSW 10 27
BAKER Thomas Scotch College VIC 10 26
HUN Siew Keng Raffles Institution SNG 10 26
LAW Adrian James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 9 26
MILEVA Zlatina Childrens Academy 21st Century BUL 7 26
NURCOMBE Madeline Cannon Hill Anglican College QLD 10 26
RUSINOV Georgi Childrens Academy 21st Century BUL 10 26
YANG Simon James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 10 26
BAO Jiaqi Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 25
CHEN Xuhui Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 25
HE Devin Christ Church Grammar School WA 10 25
LEOW Caleb Yong Quan Raffles Institution SNG 8 25
QIAN Jing Hwa Chong Institution SNG 10 25
WANG Shuwei Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 25
WEI Khor Jun Raffles Institution SNG 7 25
YU Zhiqiu Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 9 25
HU William Christ Church Grammar School WA 8 24
JAYABALAN Shivasankaran Rossmoyne Senior High School WA 8 24
JIANG Tony Scotch College VIC 9 24
LEE Yong Le Isaac Raffles Institution SNG 8 24
LI Oswald Scotch College VIC 10 24
LI Yingtong Pembroke School SA 10 24
MANTON-HALL James Sydney Grammar School NSW 10 24
PISANI Anthony St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School VIC 7 24
WU Jiaqi Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 10 24
BHARADWAJ Anand Trinity Grammar School VIC 8 23
CHEN Hu The King’s School NSW 9 23
CHEN Tianxiao Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 23
DEY Bobby James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 9 23
FENGYU Seah Raffles Institution SNG 8 23
HAUENSCHILD Rachel Kenmore State High School QLD 9 23
HE Scarlett All Saints Anglican Senior School QLD 10 23
HUANG Colin North Sydney Boys High School NSW 10 23
HUANG Xianyi Baulkham Hills High School NSW 9 23
IRINCHEVA Vladimira Childrens Academy 21st Century BUL 7 23
LI Anqi Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) SNG 2 23
LIN Luozhiyu Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 9 23
LIU Steven James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 9 23
LONGBOTTOM Isabel Rossmoyne Senior High School WA 9 23
PETROV Ivo Childrens Academy of Sciences, Arts and Sports BUL 7 23
PIZZINO Nicholas Christ Church Grammar School WA 10 23
RALLABHANDI Virinchi Perth Modern School WA 10 23
SATO Kohsuke Christ Church Grammar School WA 9 23
SAYLOV Kirill Brisbane Grammar School QLD 9 23
SEKHON Senan Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 9 23
SHEN Katrina James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 7 23
SHENG Hang Rossmoyne Senior High School WA 10 23
SRINIVAS Rohith Raffles Institution SNG 8 23
TAN Eric James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 10 23
TANG Yin Hwa Chong Institution SNG 9 23
TAO Bella Presbyterian Ladies’ College VIC 10 23
BARBER Alexander Scotch College VIC 10 22
CHAU Brian Sydney Grammar School NSW 10 22
CHEN Michelle Methodist Ladies’ College VIC 10 22
CHEN Zixuan Caulfield Grammar School (Caulfield Campus) VIC 8 22
CHENG Alan Perth Modern School WA 10 22
CHENNAPRAGADA Aniruddh James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 8 22
CHIU Clement The King’s School NSW 10 22
DHAL Bedanta Perth Modern School WA 10 22
GONG Richard Sydney Grammar School NSW 9 22
HELAL Tasneef James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 9 22
HINTON Cameron James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 10 22
KHARISTIA Gideon Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 9 22
KIM Michelle James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 10 22
LAWRENCE Aaron James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 10 22
LEE Clifford Wesley College WA 10 22
LU Zixuan Hwa Chong Institution SNG 10 22
MCLEISH Oliver Scotch College VIC 9 22
QIN Daniel Scotch College VIC 9 22
ROHL Alexander Perth Modern School WA 10 22
ROY Dibyendu Sydney Boys High School NSW 9 22
SONG William Scotch College VIC 10 22
WU Victor Trinity Grammar School NSW 10 22
WU Zhen Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SNG 9 22