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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

MEDIA RELEASE

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

 
 
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our esteemed colleague, Alan Parris.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our esteemed colleague, Alan Parris.

Alan was a long-serving member and volunteer of the Australian Mathematics Trust in his role as the New Zealand Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) Director. He was a passionate advocate and supporter of the Trust, acting as AMC manager for 35 years in the same school.  Alan was also a founding member of New Zealand’s International Mathematical Olympiad committee.

Alan received a BH Neumann Award in 2014 for his outstanding contribution to the Trust, and in 2017 he received the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mathematical education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. http://www.amt.edu.au/about-amt/awards-bios/2014-bh-neumann-awards/

We send our heartfelt condolences to Alan’s family, colleagues and students at this time.

Thank you Alan. Rest in peace.

(Photo: Alan Parris receiving the 2014 BH Neumann Award from former AMT Executive Director, Mike Clapper)

 

 
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.

 

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

MEDIA RELEASE

Australia sending team to European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

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

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

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

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

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

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

This initiative is possible through the financial support of Optiver.

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

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE – New Award for Top Achieving Girls in Mathematics

MEDIA RELEASE

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.