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Teachers! Prizes to give away for entries in the 2018 Australian Mathematics Competition

Only 3 months until the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)!

The AMC is much more than just one day in the year. We specifically design our material to help mathematics teachers around Australia engage their students before and after the competition day.

This year, we need your help!

We have one simple goal: to make our competition bigger than the awesome achievement of 2017.
To achieve this big goal, we need each and every school to help us grow the competition.

What do we need from you?

Last year your school may have entered students in the AMC. We’re wondering … can you get more students involved in Australia’s largest school competition?

What is in it for you?

For every 5 students above your 2017 number, your school will earn one entry into our prize draw.

  • First prize is a free AMT 2 hour Workshop for either teachers or students delivered to your school by our Chief Mathematician (valued at $3,500).
  • Second Prize is MCYA Enrichment material for 2019 for up to 50 students (valued at $2,100).
  • Third Prize is free entry into the 2019 AMC for up to 100 students (valued at $650).

Help us achieve our goal. Engage your students.

 

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) is one of Australia’s largest school-based mathematics competitions. The AMC is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives; it is open to students in years 3 to 12.

Australia’s leading educators and academics, with a deep understanding of our national curriculum standards, actively design the unique AMC problems each year.

The AMC is run by teachers in schools. We offer ongoing support and resources prior to and on the day of the competition. The competition is available in two modes: online and paper.

www.amt.edu.au/mathematics/amc

 
 
Media release: Success for the Australian high school girls at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

Media release: Success for the Australian high school girls at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

16 April 2018

The results are in and it’s a silver, two bronze and an honourable mention for Australia’s history making team at the 2018 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

The team achieved strong results with Grace He finishing with a silver medal, Alice Zhang and Ellen Zheng both receiving bronze medals and Yifan Guo an honourable mention. Overall, Australia finished 20th out of 52 countries—a testament to the team’s hard work and creativity.

Nathan Ford, Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) CEO, said, ‘The Trust congratulates our inaugural EGMO team on their fantastic results in the 2018 competition.  It’s wonderful to see the team’s hard work pay off. I would also like to recognise the significant effort and leadership of Team Leader Thanom Shaw and Deputy Team Leader Michelle Chen in preparing and supporting the team.’

Detailed results and statistics from the 2018 EGMO can be found at the official website. www.egmo.org/egmos/egmo7/scoreboard/

The team’s exploits and journey through the competition can be seen at their blog: https://ausegmo.wordpress.com/

The AMT’s 2018 EGMO initiative received grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme and is also supported by its corporate sponsor, Optiver.

 
History making: Australian high school girls attend the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

History making: Australian high school girls attend the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

This week four Australian high school girls will make history by representing Australia for the first time at the 2018 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), an international mathematics competition for female school-aged students.

The Australian EGMO team, who were selected and are supported by the Australian Mathematics Trust, is represented by four mathematically enthusiastic Australian high school girls.

The team consists of year 12 students Yifan Guo (VIC), Alice Zhang (QLD) and Ellen Zheng (NSW). The youngest member is Grace He (VIC) in year 10, who received the Trust’s inaugural Cheryl Praeger Medal in 2017, awarded to top performing girls in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

You can follow the team this week via their blog: https://ausegmo.wordpress.com

When asked about what they were looking forward to most at EGMO, the girls collectively agreed they were excited to be ‘exploring a new country and meeting like-minded people from around the world with a passion for maths and problem solving.’

‘The Trust is focused on providing opportunities for Australian students of all ages and at all levels to participate in quality problem-solving activities. EGMO is another important step for us to support young Australian girls to develop and demonstrate their mathematical abilities on the international stage,’ Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford, said.

The EGMO has steadily grown into a major international event since its inception and the Australian Mathematics Trust is excited to have the opportunity to support a team. In 2012 only 19 countries participated in EGMO, while in 2018 there are 52 participating countries including 16 non-European countries. The 2018 EGMO will take place in Florence, Italy, on 9–15 April.

The AMT’s 2018 EGMO initiative received grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.  It is also supported by the Trust’s corporate sponsor, Optiver.

Related blog links:

Media:

  • April 6, 2018 Australian EGMO Team Launch – Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger AM Speech: Download PDF
    Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger AM; Australian Mathematics Trust board member and Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee, University of Western Australia Emeritus Professor.
  • Professor Michelle Simmons addresses the first Australian EGMO team: View video
 
Attention Brisbane! Mathematics Challenge For Young Australians group

Attention Brisbane! Mathematics Challenge For Young Australians group

MCYA group for Brisbane’s high school students

Commencing 18 April 2018

 

Are you a teacher with students who crave mathematics enrichment?

A group is being formed for students wishing to participate in the Australian Mathematics Trust’s Challenge and Enrichment stages who do not have a teacher or mentor of the program at their school.

Where: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane

When: Wednesday afternoons 4:00pm – 5:30pm

  • Term 2: April 18 – May 30 (8 weeks)
  • Term 3: July 18 – Sept 12 (8 weeks)

Cost: $240 for 16 weeks (includes all competition costs)

For more information, teachers or parents can contact Cath Griffin | cathgriffin@terrace.qld.edu.au

About MCYA

The Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA) is designed to motivate and stimulate mathematically interested students in years 3 to 10, with problem-solving programs to extend student skills in thinking through maths problems.

Resources for download
 

Long-term contributors to the Australian Mathematics Trust receive Medals of the Order of Australia.

We would like to warmly congratulate Mr Warren Atkins OAM and Assoc Prof David Hunt OAM on receiving Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) over the weekend.

Their long-term contributions to the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), as members of governance and problems committees, has developed strong foundations for one of the world’s largest mathematical competitions, the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), and for the nurturing of young mathematicians through the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee’s training program.

Mr Warren Atkins received his OAM for service to mathematics education (page 10). A former member of the Faculty of Education, University of Canberra, Warren has given service to the AMT over 40 years. He was a founding Board member, and member of numerous AMT committees. He most generously chaired the AMC Problems Committee for 18 years, garnering the talents and mathematical passions of numerous volunteers to create each year’s sets of  AMC problems. His love of mathematics and desire to bring that enthusiasm to students is most appreciated by all involved with the Trust.

Assoc Prof David Hunt received his OAM for service to education and to mathematics (page 38). David spent his teaching career in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales. For many years, he has held roles in governance committees of the AMT, including the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC). He has contributed problems to the Senior Problems Committee and co-written books of these problems to ensure these problems are available to other aspiring mathematicians. As Director of Training for 5 years and team leader for Australia’s International Mathematical Olympiad team for 9 years, David has directly influenced the mathematical education of some of our brightest young students.

We thank them both for their enthusiasm, commitment and for their passionate interest in engaging young Australians in mathematics.

 

Do you dig…IT?

Do you dig…IT? These students sure do!

Our digIT summer residential camp kicked off on 12 January 2018. Sixty Victorian and Tasmanian high school students gathered at Monash University to immerse themselves in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The students had a lot of fun over the five days developing their ICT skills through interactive workshop sessions, guest lectures and field trips.

They left enthusiastic and eager to return for the winter camp in the July school holidays.

digIT is an invitational program. Students are invited based on their performance in the Australian Mathematics Competition and the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, or by recommendation from their teacher.

Visit the digIT website for further details: http://www.amt.edu.au/information/for-students/digit

 

Congratulations Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, AM, on her Doctor of Mathematics honoris causa

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) would like to congratulate Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, AM, on her Doctor of Mathematics honoris causa, awarded by The University of Queensland on the weekend.

She was recognised for her distinguished service to mathematics, her world-leading research and her extended contribution to mathematics education. Emeritus Professor Praeger, AM, is currently a board member of the Australian Mathematics Trust and Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee. She has lead the way for women in mathematics in Australia, and has lent her name to a new AMT award which recognises high-achieving female secondary students in Australia.

We congratulate Cheryl and thank her for her ongoing contributions in mathematics and education.

Source: http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2017111610135/appointments/uq-honours-uwa-emeritus-professor-honorary-mathematics-doctorate

 

2017 AMC Medallists announced

Congratulations to our medallists in the 40th Australian Mathematics Competition!

Students from more than 30 countries participated in the AMC this year. Sixty-eight medals were awarded to students in Australia, Bulgaria, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania, presented the Australian medals at Government House in Hobart on Monday 13 November. Overseas medallists will receive their medals at ceremonies in their respective countries.

Of the 68 medals awarded in 2017 for exceptional results in the AMC, 30 will go to students in Australia, four of whom achieved a perfect score. Six girls will also receive the Cheryl Praeger medal, a new award designed to recognise high-achieving girls.

These results bode well for next year, when Australia plans to send a team for the first time to the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Italy.

 

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

 

 

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/

 

Australian Mathematics Competition Medallists for 2016 announced

Congratulations to the medallists in the 2016 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

Almost 300,000 students from across Australia and more than 30 countries participated in the AMC this year.

The Australian Mathematics Trust has awarded 62 medals to secondary students who performed exceptionally in the AMC. This year there were 22 Junior medallists, 20 Intermediate medallists and 20 Senior medallists. Of these medallists, ten achieved perfect scores.

The Australian medallists will be presented with their medals by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, at a ceremony at Government House, Canberra, on 7 November. Overseas medallists will be presented with their medals at ceremonies in their respective countries.

Although medals are not awarded to primary students, six primary aged students achieved perfect scores. These students will be acknowledged at the various award ceremonies and each will receive a Peter O’Halloran Award for Excellence.

Certificates for all participants are currently being processed and will shortly be sent out to schools.

2016 Australian AMC Medallists

2016 Australian AMC Medallists


2016 New Zealand AMC Medallist

2016 New Zealand AMC Medallist


2016 Singapore AMC Medallists

2016 Singapore AMC Medallists


Perfect scorer Tran Xuan Bach, Vietnam.

Perfect scorer Tran Xuan Bach, Vietnam.


2016 Vietnam AMC Medallist

2016 Vietnam AMC Medallist


2016 Indonesian AMC Medallists

2016 Indonesian AMC Medallists


AMC Medallists

* indicates a perfect score

Name
School
Year
Junior
Aaron Alvarado Kristanto Julistiono SMPK Petra 3 Surabaya IDN 7
Balete, Immanuel Josiah A St. Stephen’s High School PHI 8
Chayapol Chaoveeraprasit Patumwan Demonstration School THA 8
Chin, Kun-Le Pingtung County Jyh Jeng Junior High School TAI 7
Eion Nikolai Chua International School of Manila PHI 8
Veselin Dimov Math School Gabrovo BUL 7
Joshua Gooi Pembroke School SA 8
Grace He Methodist Ladies’ College VIC 8
Claire Huang Radford College ACT 8
Hung, Tsai-Chia Tainan Municipal Jiansing Junior High School TAI 7
Jason Leung James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 8
Harry List Pembroke School SA 7
Genrish Wendell Ng St. Jude Catholic School PHI 8
Ken Gene Quah East Doncaster Secondary College VIC 8
Nguyen, Manh Quan Ha Noi – Amsterdam High School VIET 7
George Savellis Sydney Grammar School NSW 8
Tina Soodi-Shoar Perth Modern School WA 8
Tan, Xu Chen* Raffles Institution SIN 8
Hadyn Tang Trinity Grammar School VIC 7
Stanve Avrilium Widjaja* IPEKA Plus BSD IDN 7
Zijin Xu Glen Waverley Secondary College VIC 8
Yang Zhang St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace QLD 8
Intermediate
Chang, Hsiu-Chan Taichung Municipal Da-Dun Junior High School TAI 9
Andrew Chen St Kentigern College NZ 10
Christian Philip Gelera Philippine Science High School – Main Campus PHI 10
Andres Rico M Gonzales Colegio De San Juan De Letran PHI 9
William Hu Christ Church Grammar School WA 10
Kristoforus Jason SMAK 1 Penabur IDN 10
Lee Shi Hao* Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SIN 10
Theodore Leebrant* Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SIN 10
Li Yuhao* Hwa Chong Institution SIN 10
Zefeng Li Camberwell Grammar School VIC 9
Adrian Lo Newington College NSW 9
Ivan-Alexandar Mavrov Sofia Schools BUL 9
Hilton Nguyen Sydney Technical High School NSW 10
Pan Ziheng RISE Education CHI 10
Takeda Shigenori Chong Hwa Independent High School MAL 10
Tam Chi Hang Pui Ching Middle School HK 9
Tsang Long Kiu St Paul’s Co-Educational College HK 10
Andrew Wiraatmaja SMP Santa Maria Jakarta IDN 9
Guowen Zhang* St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace QLD 10
Stanley Zhu Melbourne Grammar School VIC 10
Senior
Clyde Wesley Si Ang* Chang Kai Shek College PHI 12
Michelle Chen Methodist Ladies’ College VIC 12
Jung Min Cheol Ulsan Science High School ROK 11
Bobby Dey James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 11
Kyle Patrick Dulay Philippine Science High School – Main Campus PHI 11
Yiannis Fam Wellington College NZ 11
Yong See Foo Nossal High School VIC 12
Tse Alvin Cheuk Hin Yew Chung International School HK 11
Ariel Pratama Junaidi Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SIN 11
Ilia Kucherov Westall Secondary College VIC 12
Leo Li Christ Church Grammar School WA 12
Lu Shengwei Hwa Chong Institution SIN 11
Andrew McGregor Rondebosch Boys’ High School RSA 12
Seyoon Ragavan Knox Grammar School NSW 12
Michael Robertson Dickson College ACT 12
Tan Kin Aun Sunway College MAL 12
Tse Alvin Cheuk Hin Yew Chung International School HK 11
William Wang Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics & Technology QLD 11
Bryan Wang Peng Jun Hwa Chong Institution SIN 11
Kevin Xian* James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 12
Xue Ziming Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) SIN 12

The following Primary division students obtained perfect scores.

Name
School
Year
Upper Primary
Oliver New Scotch College VIC 6
Cassidy Kyler Lao Tan Davao Christian High School PHI 6
Tan Min Heng SJK (C) Kwang Hwa Sungai Nibong MAL 6
Tran Xuan Bach Doan Thi Diem School VIET 5
Ryan Wong St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace QLD 6
Wu, Po-Han Pingtung County Ren-Ai Elementary School TAI 6
 

AIMO comes to Vietnam

In an exciting development, 467 Vietnamese students participated in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad last week. Organised centrally at the Cau Giay Lower Secondary School in Hanoi by Vietnamese AMT contact Dr Tri Ta, students came from 23 different schools.  Students who gathered for the contest received a celebration T-shirt!

AIMO comes to Vietnam

The AIMO is an open competition for students in years 7—10.

This event follows on from the first local sitting of the Australian Mathematics Competition in July. This was located at the Hanoi Star School; there were 1234 participants, the large majority of whom were primary school students. More than half of these received a Credit or above award. Congratulations!

We look forward to more engagement with Vietnamese young people in the fields of mathematics and informatics.

 

Australians bring home medals

While all eyes have been focused on the Olympics in Rio, other Olympiads have also occurred across the world in mathematics, informatics and four fields of science. These Olympiads are held annually to give an opportunity for the brightest high school students to compete against each other on an international basis.

The AMT is proud to be involved with training two of the teams to represent Australia. This year the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was held in Hong Kong and the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) was held in Kazan, Russia.

Two members of the mathematics team, Michelle Chen and Seyoon Ragavan, were given an opportunity for pre-IMO training in the United States with the USA IMO team. This was a great experience for both students as the USA is the current reigning champion IMO team.

The Australian IMO team of six students competed over two days solving three problems each day within a four-hour period. Each problem is worth seven points giving a possible total of 42. Our team performed very strongly with all students winning medals. With two Silver and four Bronze medals, Australia was placed equal 25th out of 109 participating countries. Results of the team are below.

The Australian IOI team of four students also performed very strongly winning three silver medals and one Bronze. Individual results of the Australian team are below.

The IOI was held in Kazan, Russia, with the two competition days being held on 14 and 16 August. The official IOI website can be found here ioi2016.ru/

We would like to acknowledge Optiver, the official sponsor of the Olympiad program whose support has assisted the teams to participate in these fantastic events. ‘One of our key beliefs at Optiver is the pursuit of excellence in a talented, well-organised team. We are extremely proud of and impressed at the level of talent on the teams representing Australia at the IMO and the IOI. Each member of the team has demonstrated passion, dedication and commitment to learning and developing themselves and they should be proud of this great accomplishment’, said Martina Carr, Grad Talent Scout People Leader, Optiver.

Congratulations to all the team members!

Read this interesting article about medal tallies from the Olympics compared to the international Olympiads here.

Click on any photo below to view the captions.

 

Job opportunity: Program Director – ICT Summer Schools (0.2 FTE)

  • Unique opportunity to run a national program for secondary school students in digital technologies and coding
  • Lead your team to design and deliver curriculum for a residential and mentoring program
  • Supported by highly respected not for profit organisations currently delivering the maths, informatics and science Olympiads

The Australian Maths Trust (AMT), with support from Australian Science Innovations (ASI), will deliver a national program to inspire and challenge 60 students in years 9 and 10 in digital technologies and coding. The purpose of the program is to identify talented students from under-represented and/or disadvantaged groups and promote their interest in pursuing ICT pathways. The students will participate in a December or January residential program with a follow-up session in July, supported by one-on-one mentoring in the period between the residential schools. The program is funded by the Department of Education for four years.

The Program Director will lead the program and coordinate its operation.  Reporting to the Executive Director of AMT, you will be responsible for managing your team of staff, organising a teaching curriculum for the residential components of the program, and working with the mentoring consultant to establish a six-month mentoring program for each of the students. You will be supported by a program manager who will work closely with you and manage all the logistics and administration associated with the program. The successful applicant will be appointed on a part-time basis (equivalent to a 0.2 FTE) for a four-year period.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train and manage a team of mainly volunteer staff
  • Develop the academic timetable for the program
  • Contact and appoint keynote speakers from a variety of ICT disciplines
  • Work with the mentoring consultant to manage the mentoring program
  • Take overall responsibility for providing duty of care for the students during the residential components of the program
  • Assist with program evaluation.

Selection Criteria

  • Have a strong understanding of and interest in promoting ICT activities and pathways with an expertise in teaching one or more ICT subjects
  • Have proven organisational ability and the ability to work to a timeline
  • Be a good communicator with both peers and younger students
  • Have excellent staff management skills
  • Exemplify the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism.

The successful applicant can be based anywhere in Australia.

For further information on the position, please contact AMT Executive Director Mike Clapper, mikec@amt.edu.au

Applications should be emailed to mikec@amt.edu.au by Monday 29 August 2016.

 

Job opportunity: Marketing & Communications Officer

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) is a national not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics for students of all standards. We hold mathematics and informatics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematics/informatics enrichment for Australian and international students. The AMT recruits and supports Australia’s international mathematics and informatics Olympiad teams.

An opportunity exists for a Marketing & Communications Officer with the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT). This position is ideal for a skilled and confident self-starter and strategic thinker who can also look outside the box. The Marketing and Communications Officer reports directly to the Manager, working closely with the AMT team to manage all aspects of public relations, communication and marketing of the products/services of the AMT.

Reporting to the Manager for all communication and marketing aspects of the AMT

University of Canberra Enterprise Agreement 2015–2018 Level 5-6 dependent on experience, $65,180 – $80,000 plus super

2-year contract, full-time (35 hrs/week) with potential for extension, or part-time hours negotiable for the right candidate

Objectives of the position

  • Implement marketing, communication and media strategies to enhance the AMT’s reputation and brand position
  • Increase the number of schools using AMT products
  • Identify ways to successfully overcome barriers to communication with AMT’s key stakeholders
  • Keep abreast of digital strategies, trends and innovations, emerging marketing communications trends and industry best practice
  • Establish/develop strong and consistent visual branding for the AMT and its products
  • Build the capacity of staff, stakeholders and partners to use communications and marketing opportunities effectively to promote AMT products
  • Monitor and evaluate AMT’s marketing and communication strategies

Principal duties and responsibilities

  1. Generate media coverage for AMT activities by developing and managing relationships with the media
  2. Develop, implement and monitor social media platforms to promote the activities of the AMT
  3. Schedule regular communication updates and media releases across traditional media and online communications platforms
  4. Assist with the development and maintenance of the website, predominantly in relation to marketing
  5. Work with the Manager and graphic designer on promotional material and marketing campaigns
  6. Develop and maintain successful relationships with all AMT stakeholders including schools, teachers and volunteers
  7. Assist with data analysis and review of market segmentation
  8. Support other AMT activities, when required

Skills

Essential

  • Qualifications and/or experience in communications, marketing, public relations or a related discipline
  • Expertise in using social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Experience working with digital marketing, online advertising, CRM tools and mail tools, such as MailChimp
  • Experience in website display and content management
  • Project management skills
  • Solid understanding of the Australian media, political and socio-economic landscape
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent writing skills
  • Demonstrated success in client liaison and leadership

Highly Desirable

  • Mathematics or informatics background and/or interest
  • Photoshop and graphic design skills
  • Experience in WordPress

The AMT is offering a full-time position on a 2-year contract with the potential for extension. Candidates seeking part-time working arrangements are also encouraged to apply.

The final salary and conditions of employment will be negotiated with the successful applicant, taking into account experience and qualifications.

To Apply

Submit your application including your CV and a covering letter addressing essential skills required for the position to manager@amt.edu.au by 9am 22 August 2016. Previous applicants need not apply.

For information regarding this position, please contact Bernadette Webster at mail@amt.edu.au or on 02 6201 2123.

 

2016 Online AMC

We understand that a number of schools experienced some technical difficulties with the 2016 Online AMC.  Whilst we are aware that most schools had a positive experience, we apologise to those schools who experienced time delays between questions and in a small number of cases, a ‘freezing’ of the competition site.   This occurred when the system was at peak load but it is nevertheless unacceptable and we will be doing everything in our power to ensure that these problems do not recur in the future.

If you and your students were affected by this and would like an opportunity to resit or have extra competition time (using the paper version), please contact the AMT office at amc@amt.edu.au.

 

 

Program Director opportunity

The Australian Maths Trust (AMT) and Australian Science Innovations (ASI) jointly deliver a national program to inspire and challenge 54 high achieving girls in years 8 and 9 in science, technology, engineering and maths. The purpose of the program is to identify talented students from under-represented groups and promote their interest in pursuing STEM pathways.  The students will participate in a December residential program with a follow-up session in July, supported by a one-on-one mentoring in the period between the residential schools.

The Program Director will lead the program and manage and coordinate its operation.  Reporting to the Executive Directors of AMT and ASI, you will be responsible for managing your team of staff, organising a teaching curriculum for the residential components of the program, and working with the mentoring consultant to establish a six-month mentoring program for each of the girls.  You will be supported by a program manager who will work closely with you and manage all the logistics and administration associated with the program.  Funding is currently available to run the program for two more years: 2016/2017 and 2017/2018.  The successful applicant will be appointed on a part-time basis (equivalent to a 0.20% of a FTE) for a two-year period.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train and manage a team of mainly volunteer staff
  • Develop the academic timetable for the program
  • Contact and appoint keynote speakers from a variety of STEM disciplines
  • Work with the mentoring consultant to manage the mentoring program
  • Take overall responsibility for providing duty of care for the students during the residential components of the program
  • Assist with program evaluation

Selection Criteria

  • Have a strong understanding of and interest in promoting girls in STEM activities and pathways with an expertise in teaching one or more STEM subjects
  • Have proven organisational ability and the ability to work to a timeline
  • Be a good communicator with both peers and younger students
  • Have excellent staff management skills
  • Exemplify the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism

The successful applicant can be based anywhere in Australia.  Applications should be sent by COB Wednesday 6 July.

For further information on the position, please contact AMT Executive Director Mike Clapper, mike.clapper@amt.edu.au or ASI Executive Director, Lillian Lesueur: lillian.lesueur@asi.edu.au