Mathematics Olympics Provides Talent

Mathematics Olympics Provides Talent

Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable

Minister Marvels At Mathematical Meeting Of Minds

Victor P Taffa

More than 300 of Western Australia’s Best Young Mathematicians have today taken part in the 2010 Western Australian Junior Mathematics Olympiad.

Education Minister Liz Constable Presented Awards at the Olympiad, which was first launched in 1998 at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

Dr. Constable said the competition had enjoyed another successful year with Year 8 and 9 Students from 25 Schools competing for more than $3,000 in Prizes.

“Mathematics is an indispensable life skill and it’s important that we nurture and support young people who have a keen interest in developing and applying sophisticated Mathematical and Problem-Solving Skills.” the Minister said.

“Stimulating and challenging events, such as this Olympiad, are immensely enjoyable for students and provide aspiring Mathematicians with a great opportunity.”

The Minister said WA’s schools continued to promote a strong mathematics education, developed critical thinking, extended problem-solving strategies and enriched creativity.

“Learning these skills is essential, whether in Science, Medicine, Engineering or Technology.” Dr. Constable said.

“The skills demonstrated by students today are evidence of the huge potential we have in this State for future success in all mathematics related endeavours.”

“Many Beazley Medal Winners and Curriculum Council Exhibition Winners have been Past Participants.” Dr. Constable said.

The Olympiad was initiated by Dr. Elena Stoyanova of the Department of Education and Professor of Mathematics Dr. Lucho Stoyanov at the UWA.

The Minister is sponsoring two awards for 2010; the award for outstanding individual performance by a student from a public high school, and the award for outstanding team performance by a team from a public high school.

This year, the Phil Shultz Prize for the most outstanding West Australian student in mathematics challenge activities in 2010 has been awarded to Perth Modern School Year 11 student Angel Yu, one of four students to be invited to attend the National School of Excellence in December.  These students will compete for a position in the Australian team for the International Mathematics Olympiad.

The awards ceremony followed a morning of individual and team events for students to solve a range of complex and interesting Mathematical Problems and Issues.

The most gifted students will be invited to join UWA’s Academy for Young Mathematicians.