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2018 annual AMC state award ceremonies announces two new awards!

2018 annual AMC state award ceremonies announces two new awards!

Nominate who you think should win AMT Inspiring Student Award and AMT Teacher Award

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) is celebrating the achievements of our students and teachers for 2018 at our annual state award ceremonies across October and November 2018.

Schools who participated in the 2018 AMC will have received an email calling for nominations for our two exciting new awards:
• The AMT Inspiring Student Award for a high-school student who participated in the 2018 AMC, who inspires and supports their peers in the learning and enjoyment of mathematics/algorithmics. The winner in each state will receive a Trophy and AMT Publications voucher.

• The AMT Teacher Award, recognising an outstanding contribution in the teaching of mathematics/algorithmics within a school community. This award is not directly linked to school performance in AMT competitions; it will take into account how the person has shaped and influenced the teaching environment. The winner in each state will receive $1000, and $500 for second and third place.

Award nominations will be open for submission until 16 October 2018 (Queensland) and 23 October 2018 (all other States and Territories).

If you have not received information regarding the new awards and have not nominated please contact us immediately so you don’t miss out via mail@amt.edu.au.

 

Aussie teens score three medals at informatics Olympiad

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Four Australian programming whizzes stepped up to the challenge at this year’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) and scooped up three medals. In a wild finish to the two-day competition and under a live scoreboard, Jerry Mao, Angus Ritossa and Albert Smith all achieved high silvers, narrowly missing the gold medal cut-off. They competed against 335 students from 87 countries who attended the 30th annual IOI in Tsukuba, Japan, this week.

Jerry Mao, a year 12 student from Caulfield Grammar in Melbourne’s Wheelers Hill, added the silver to his collection. He has represented Australia outstandingly in the last four IOIs and medalled every year. The IOI contest is held over two days. On each day students attempt to program solutions to three problems over four and a half hours.

This marks the eighth consecutive year the Australian team has received three or more medals.  The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) supports the team.

‘Congratulations to the entire team on another very strong result at the IOI,’ said Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford.  ‘Informatics is such a critical subject for young Australians to engage with and our result this year is a testament to the hard work of our team.’

The AMT offers opportunities to enrich primary and secondary students’ problem solving in mathematics and algorithmics. The AMT has been sending an Australian team to the IOI since 1992.  The team of four is selected from an annual program of competitions, training schools and mentoring with final selection taking place in April.

The AMT’s IOI program receives grant funding from the Australian Government through the National Innovation and Science Agenda.  It is also supported by the Trust’s corporate sponsor, Optiver.

2018 International Olympiad in Informatics, Australian team results

 

Team member School Medal
Jerry Mao Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus VIC Silver
Angus Ritossa St Peter’s College SA Silver
Albert Smith Christ Church Grammar School WA Silver
Jacob Smith All Saints’ College WA  

 

 

AMC comment

Congratulations to all the students who sat the AMC on Thursday 9 August.

It has been brought to our attention that the final page of the AMC Upper Primary paper was posted on a social media site late on Thursday evening.  This is most regrettable as there are some schools who, for unavoidable reasons, sit the paper late and their students could potentially have an unfair advantage.  The post was removed later that evening and the AMT will monitor very carefully all papers from schools which have sat the competition after the normal date to look for patterns which might suggest that this leak of information has had some impact.  In general, we have to rely on the good sense of all involved and fortunately, this is a most unusual occurrence.

In 2019 the AMT will remind teachers again of the requirement to collect the competition papers and keep them securely for a week following the competition.

 

MEDIA RELEASE: Students sit Australia’s famous mathematics competition

Today over 190,000 young Australian students will be sitting the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).  It is one of Australia’s largest single educational events.

Now in its 41st year, the AMC is Australia’s premier mathematical problem-solving competition.  Featuring 30 carefully crafted and engaging problems, the competition helps students explore and develop their problem-solving skills.  The five papers, which span years 3–12, are constructed to provide students with an inspiring balance of challenge and fun.

Current Curtin University student Shrenik Jobanputra said of the AMC, ‘I first encountered the AMC in year 8 and it actually changed the way I thought about maths.  Problem solving without the use of a calculator makes maths more fun.’

Since its inception in 1978, over 15 million students worldwide have sat the competition.  Top performers are awarded certificates, prizes and medals, and for many students it is the first step on the road to further engagement and study of mathematics.  Teachers use the problems after the competition as teaching tools to help develop problem-solving skills in their students.

The AMC is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust.

  • For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Mathieu Meriaux, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2954 or Mathieu.Meriaux@amt.edu.au
Learn more about the Australian Mathematics Trust at www.amt.edu.au

 

AMT congratulates Fields Medallist

The AMT would like to extend its warm congratulations to Akshay Venkatesh for his achievement in being awarded the Fields Medal.

As a very young mathematician, Akshay was a bronze medallist in our 1994 Australian International Mathematical Olympiad team. Akshay’s achievement today is an inspiration for all young Australian problem solvers.

The AMT also like to congratulate Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, AMT Board member, who worked with Akshay at the University of Western Australia when he was a student. Cheryl helped Akshay, as she has so many others, on his path to a rewarding life as a mathematician.

Akshay is only the second Australian to receive this prestigious award. Another former AMT Olympian Terence Tao received the Fields Medal in 2006.

Thank you Akshay for inspiring us all and leading the way for future generations of Australian mathematicians!

 
Aussies win six medals at maths Olympiad

Aussies win six medals at maths Olympiad

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While many of us have been watching the World Cup, six young Australians have been kicking goals at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).  Their goal count was 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals, positioning Australia at number 11 in the country rankings at the contest.  The young team is supported by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT).

Leading the team’s success and placing in the top 100 contestants were high school students Guowen Zhang (12th), Ethan Tan (34th) and William Steinberg (61st).  They competed against 594 students from 107 countries who attended the 59th annual IMO in Romania this week.  Guowen’s place was the highest by an Australian since 2015.

’Problem solving is and will continue to be one of the most important skills we can develop in our students,’ said Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford.  ‘It is wonderful to see Australian students demonstrating excellence in this area at such a high level.  The team’s performance is a credit to their hard work and perseverance, and the excellent and ongoing support and leadership of our Director of Training, Angelo Di Pasquale, and Deputy Team Leader, Andrew Elvey-Price, and staff and volunteers who support the Olympiad program.’

The AMT offers opportunities to enrich primary and secondary students’ problem solving in mathematics and algorithmics. The AMT has been sending an Australian team to the IMO since 1981.  The team of six is selected from an annual program of competitions, training schools and mentoring with final selection taking place in March.

The IMO contest is held over two days. On each day students attempt to solve three problems over four and a half hours.

The AMT’s IMO program receives grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.  It is also supported by the Trust’s corporate sponsor, Optiver.

Pictured above with team guide Emi are William Hu, Hayden Tang, Charles Li, Ethan Tan, William Steinberg and Guowen Zhang.

2018 International Mathematical Olympiad, Australian team results

Team member School Medal
Guowen Zhang St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace QLD Gold
Ethan Tan Cranbrook School NSW Gold
William Steinberg Scotch College WA Silver
Charles Li Camberwell Grammar School VIC Silver
Hadyn Tang Trinity Grammar School VIC Silver
William Hu Christ Church Grammar School WA Bronze

 

 

Aussie maths Olympians step onto world stage

Our team of mathematics Olympians have been competing with the best high school students in the world in the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Last week they trained with the British team in Hungary.

Follow the team’s experiences here: https://ausimo.wordpress.com/

The Australian team is William Hu (Christ Church Grammar School, WA), Charles Li (Camberwell Grammar School, VIC), William Steinberg (Scotch College, WA), Ethan Tan (Cranbrook School, NSW), Hadyn Tang (Trinity Grammar School, VIC) and Guowen Zhang (St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, QLD).

 

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

 
 

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.

 

AMC results information

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) prize results will no longer be available on the AMT website. Results are sent directly to schools.

The AMT is fully focused on the privacy of all students sitting the AMC.

If you would like more information about your results, please contact your teacher.

 

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

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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/