The University of Melbourne School of Mathematics and Statistics Research Competition provides school-aged students with the opportunity to understand what it means to conduct mathematics and solve mathematical problems.
Students will be given a set of open-ended research questions from which they choose one. They can then employ methods used by mathematical researchers to investigate their problem; they can gather data, simplify, visualise, hypothesise, conjecture and prove.
The aim of the competition is to allow students to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to make choices about how best to ask and answer questions about their chosen project.
As teamwork is a valuable and essential skill for research, students are encouraged to participate in the competition as part of a team which will provide opportunities to reason and work collaboratively with others. Students may participate individually if they wish.
Students must be enrolled in an Australian or New Zealand government or non-government school. The competition is open to three age categories:
Senior (AU: Year 10 – 12, NZ: Year 11-13),
Intermediate (AU: Year 7-9, NZ: Year 8-10) and
Juniors (AU: Year 5 – 6, NZ: Year 6-7).
The top team from each category will win $1500.
Submissions close 10 August 2022.
Find out more: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/m8gi