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Registration for External Math Contests 2018-2019

We are pleased to announce that this year we will, once again, be providing opportunities for our students to participate in external mathematics contests with Spirit of Math. It is important for students to have opportunities to compete against their peers. The problem-solving activities delivered through the Spirit of Math curriculum serve as excellent preparation for these contests.

Math Contests  are a fun challenge for students to apply their knowledge and see how they stand in comparison to their peers nationally and/or internationally. Spirit of Math is hosting numerous external math contests at select SoM Campuses. Below, we have provided a link to our External Contests Schedule & Registration chart.

Contests Schedule & Registration:

The registration deadline for external contests is Monday, October 29th, 2018

  • *Except WMO: January 31st, 2019
  • *COMC: closed
  • *For USA dates please refer to the registration form.

See External Contests Schedule & Registration chart for details.

For questions regarding registration, please send an email to your Campus Director or to info@spiritofmath.com.

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Important Notes:

  • Only Students currently enrolled in Spirit of Math may have their name used in promotional materials in reference to contest results.
  • Mathematica, COMC and Waterloo contests: Participation in these contests through SoM will require that your child miss part of the school day on the date indicated.
  • CNML 5, 6, 7, and 8: Those students who have registered for these contests will be invited to write them after school. Parents are required to sign the consent form to attest to the fact that the day school your child attends is NOT participating the contest your child is taking with Spirit of Math Schools.
  • The listed registration fee is applicable to each contest the student registers for and is due at time of registration, and this is non-refundable.
  • After the registration forms are received, confirmation emails indicating the locations and times of the contests will be sent to registered students about two weeks in advance of the contest.

Contests Written During SoM Class:

Spirit of Math International Contest

Throughout the school year, Spirit of Math students in grades one through four are given the opportunity to write contests as part of the Spirit of Math curriculum during class time during Lesson 24. All students in grade one to grade four write our Spirit of Math Contests. These contests are created by our teachers to offer younger students the opportunity and experience of participating in a formal competition setting. There is no additional fee to write this contest.

Grades 3 & 4 CNML

As part of the grades 3 and 4 Spirit of Math curriculum, the National Mathematics League contests are done during the regularly scheduled class times in Lesson 35. Prior to writing, the students will write practice contests from previous years in class to help them prepare. There is no additional fee to write this contest.

Day School Opportunities to Write Contests:

Many day schools offer their students the opportunity to write math contests during class time throughout the school year. Many of these contests are the same as what we offer outside of class time (refer to the Non-SoM Contests section).

The contestants will miss part of the school day to write the contest(s) at the assigned SoM campus. Some of the contests that could be offered through day schools include: COMC – Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (grades 7-12), Canadian National Math League (CNML) contests (grades 3 to 12), Mathematica Contests (grades 3 to 9), and Waterloo Math contests (grades 7 to 12).

Non-SoM Contests the Spirit of Math Offers Outside Normal SoM Class Time:

Non-SoM contests are math contests that we offer to our students outside of SoM class time. Many of these contests are also offered in your child’s day school and you must register with your school. If a contest is not offered at your day school, you are welcome to sign up to write the contest with us. You can also choose to sign your child up for contests that are above their current day school grade level; however, you cannot sign up for lower grade contests (i.e. a grade 4 cannot write a grade 3 math contest). There is an extra fee for each of these contests as listed below.

Here is the list of the contests that we offer:

WMO – World Mathematical Olympiad

Grades offered to: 3-6

Dates:

  • Preliminary round 1: April 5th, 2019
  • Preliminary round 2: April 12th, 2019
  • Finals: April 26th, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM Local Time

Registration cost: $25

Website: https://www.wmocanada.com/

 WMO is a global math competition that challenges the brightest elementary and middle school students with complex math concepts, focusing on creativity and problem-solving skills in both individual and team categories The competition breaks the traditional format of math competitions by challenging contestants to apply innovative methods to solve problems that focus on creative problem-solving skills.

WMO Canada is a project that is powered by Spirit of Math. We create the competition papers, training material, and train the WMO Canada Team in House to represent Canada in the WMO Global Finals. The WMO 2019 Global Finals will be held in Thailand, August 2019. The 12 finalists will represent WMO Canada Team and will attend with their parents, and the WMO Canada Staff to complete with the contending countries. Finals bring together talented young students to showcase their mathematical skills and gives them the opportunity to communicate with one another in a four-day cultural exchange including the day of the competition.

COMC – Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge

Grades offered to: 7-12

Date: November 8th, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Registration cost: $15

Website: https://cms.math.ca/Competitions/COMC/

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is Canada’s premier national mathematics competition that is open to any student with an interest in and grasp of high school math. The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. The competition serves to provide teachers with a unique student enrichment activity during the fall term. Approximately the top 50 students from the COMC will be invited to write the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO). Students who excel in the CMO will have the opportunity to be selected as part of Math Team Canada – a small team of students who travel to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Depending on grade level and performance, students participating in the COMC can also have opportunities to garner awards, to win prizes, to be considered for scholarships, and to get invited to camps.

Note: The contestants will require to miss part of the school day on the contest day.

MATHEMATICA

Grades offered to: 3-9

Date: April 17th, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Registration Cost: $10

Name of individual contests by grade:

  • Grade 3: Thales
  • Grade 4: Byron Germain
  • Grade 5: Fibonacci
  • Grade 6: Pythagoras
  • Grade 7: Euler
  • Grade 8: Lagrange
  • Grade 9: Newton

Calculators are permitted for Grades 7 Euler, Grade 8 Lagrange and Grade 9 Newton contests only.

Website: http://mathematica.ca/eng/index.htm

 Since 1990, more than 1,000,000 students in Canada and the United States have participated in the Mathematica Contest and it is our hope that your child will participate this year. The contest is held at different Spirit of Math Schools campuses. For the contest, students scoring over the national average will receive the certificate of distinction, while all other students will receive the certificate of participation. A medal will be awarded to the champion of the contest. National plaques will be awarded to schools ranked in the first, second, and third places in Canada. Provincial plaques will be awarded to school provincial champions. Students who rank in the first, second, and third places in Canada will receive a medal resembling the Fields medal, the medal awarded to the greatest mathematicians in the world, that will have the student’s name inscribed on the back. Provincial champions will receive the same medal. Each student participating in the Pythagoras, Euler and Lagrange who gets a perfect score will receive a US$250 merit scholarship to attend the international MathPath camp. Additionally, both national and provincial honour rolls for the best students and schools will be published online.

Note: The contestants will require to miss part of the school day on the contest day.

CNML – Canadian National Math League

Grades offered to: 5-8

Date: (grade 5) April 19th, 2019, (grade 6-8) 3rd or 4th Tuesday in February 2019

Time: 5:00-5:30 PM

Registration Cost: $10

Website: http://www.mathleague.com/

Contestants may use a calculator in the contest

CNML 5 is a 30-minute Contest consisting of 30 math problem solving questions. This is a multiple-choice contest, and the contestants may use a calculator in the contest.

CNML 6, 7, 8 is a 30-minute Contest consisting of 35 math problem solving questions. This is a multiple-choice contest, and the contestants may use a calculator in the contest. CNML 6: Contestants must be in Grade 6 or below and only participate in either CNML 6 OR CNML 7. CNML 7: Contestants must be in Grade 7 or below and only participate in either CNML 6 OR CNML 7. CNML 8: Contestants must be in Grade 8 or below and only participate in one of the CNML 6, 7, 8.

Note: Contestants will be invited to write the contest after school. Parents are required to sign the consent form to attest to the fact that the day school the student attends is NOT participating the contest he or she is taking with Spirit of Math Schools. The consent form is available at any Spirit of Math Schools campuses.

CEMC – University of Waterloo

Grades offered to: 7-12

Name of individual contests by grade:

  • Grade 7 & 8: Gauss
  • Grade 9: (2 contests) Pascal and Fryer
  • Grade 10: (2 contests) Cayley and Galois
  • Grade 11: (2 contests) Fermat and Hypatia
  • Grade 12: Euclid

Date: Various dates please refer to registration page on our website

Time: The contests are scheduled in the morning, so the contestants will require to miss part of the school day

Website: https://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/

Most calculators are permitted in the contest.

Gauss – Grade 7, 8

The Gauss Contests are an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability. Grade 7, Grade 8 and interested students from the lower grades are welcome to participate in this contest. This is a 60-minute contest consisting of 25 multiple-choice questions.

Pascal, Cayley, Fermat – Grade 9, 10, 11

The Pascal, Cayley and Fermat Contests are an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability. Early questions require only concepts found in the curriculum common to all provinces. The last few questions are designed to test ingenuity and insight. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving. Students in Grade 9 or below are eligible to write the Pascal Contest, students in Grade 10 or below are eligible to write the Cayley Contest, and students in Grade 11 or below are eligible to write the Fermat Contest. It is a 60-minute contest consisting of 25 multiple-choice questions.

Fryer, Galois, Hypatia – Grade 9, 10, 11

The Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Math Contests are an opportunity for students to write a full-solution contest. They are fun way to develop mathematical problem-solving skills through a written mathematical activity. Questions are based on curriculum common to all Canadian provinces. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving. Students in Grade 9 or below are eligible to write the Fryer Contest, students in Grade 10 or below are eligible to write the Galois Contest and students in Grade 11 or below are eligible to write the Hypatia Contest. It is a 75-minute contest consisting of 4 questions. Some questions require a full solution and marks are assigned for form and style of presentation.

Euclid – Grade 12

The Euclid Mathematics Contest is an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem-solving ability. Most of the problems are based on the mathematical curriculum up to and including the final year of secondary school. Motivated students in lower grades are also welcomed to participate. The paper may include questions based on the topic listed below:

  • Euclidean and analytic geometry
  • Trigonometry, including functions, graphs, identities, sine and cosine laws
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Functional notation • Systems of equations
  • Polynomials, including relationships involving the roots of quadratic and cubic equations, the remainder theorem
  • Sequences and series
  • Simple counting problems.

The contest is 2 ½ hours in length, consists of 10 questions, each worth 10, for a total of 100. Questions are divided into answers only and full solutions parts. Contestants are reminded that marks for the full solution questions are assigned for form and style of presentation, as well as for answers. A poorly presented solution will not receive full marks.

Getting Prepared:

Math Contests are a great way for students to learn how to face a challenge, test their level of skills and to have some math fun.

The best way to prepare for any math contest is to practice solving as many problems as possible in the weeks leading up to a contest or competition.

Download our Contest Tips and Sample Contest Questions for students in grades 1 to 4.

Spirit of Math International Contest Results 2017-2018:

The 2018 Spirit of Math Contests took place from February 26 to March 2, 2018. Congratulations to all who participated!

Results of our 2017-2018 contests are available. You may download a copy of the standings. Spirit of Math congratulates every one of the more than 2,372 participants who wrote the external and internal Math Contest from grades 1-11! Download 2017-2018 Results.

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