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Contests

External Math Contests 2019-2020

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 serves as excellent preparation for these contests.

Math Contests are  fun yet challenging for students to apply their knowledge and learn where they stand in comparison to their peers nationally and/or internationally. Spirit of Math is proud to host numerous external math contests at select Spirit of Math Campuses across Canada. You can view the External Contest Schedule per region & Register Online by clicking on the “Register Now!” link below. For any questions/concerns about schedule, deadlines and registration, please contact your Campus Director.

Contests Deadlines, Schedule & Registration:

  • Registration deadline for all external math contests (Except WMO* and Spirit of Math International Contest*): Monday, November 30, 2019
  • Registration Deadline for *WMO: Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Registration Deadline for *Spirit of Math International Contest (for non SoM Students): Friday, January 31, 2020
  • *COMC: Registration Closed
  • *AMC 8 & 10/12: Registration Closed

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Important Information:

  • Only students enrolled in Spirit of Math are eligible to participate in External Math Contests hosted by Spirit of Math Campuses.
  • Both Spirit of Math and Non-Spirit of Math students can register for the World Mathematical Olympiad (WMO).
  • Students currently enrolled in Spirit of Math may have their name used in promotional material with reference to contest results.
  • Mathematica, COMC and Waterloo Contests: Participation in these contests through Spirit of Math will require your child to miss a few hours of their day school on the date and time indicated in the schedule.
  • CNML 5, 6, 7, and 8: Students registered for these contests will be invited to write these contests at a Spirit of Math Campus in the evening. Parents are required to sign a consent form to attest that the external contest their child is participating through Spirit of Math is not offered through the child’s day school.
  • The listed registration fee is applicable to each contest the student registers and is due at the time of registration. Please note, the registration fee is non-refundable.
  • After the registration forms are received, a confirmation email will be sent two weeks in advance of the contest indicating the location and time of the contests.

Contests Written during Spirit of Math class:

Spirit of Math International Contest

Students enrolled at Spirit of Math in Grades 1-4 are given the opportunity to write the Spirit of Math Contest during class time in Lesson 24. These contests are created by our teachers using Spirit of Math methods and materials to offer early grade students the opportunity to test their skills and develop their self-confidence. Many of our students are consistently placed on Regional and National contest Honour Rolls.

There is no additional fee for students enrolled at Spirit of Math in Grades 1-4 to write the Spirit of Math International Contest. Registration fee will only apply to a Spirit of Math student if they are interested in registering for a grade higher than their current grade.

The Spirit of Math International Math Contest is also offered to non-Spirit of Math students in February. Students can register online and experience this exciting contest. This year Spirit of Math International Contest is introducing contests for Grades 5 and 6 students as well. This contest will not be offered during class time,  and both Spirit of Math and non-Spirit of Math students interested in participating for this contest can register online.

Grades 3 & 4 CNML

As part of the Grades 3 and 4 Spirit of Math curriculum, the National Mathematics League contests are written during the scheduled Spirit of Math class times in Lesson 35. Prior to writing the contest, the students will practice these contests in class, using contest material from previous years which helps them prepare for the actual contest. There is no additional practice fee for Spirit of Math students to prep for 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 similar to what we offer outside of class time (refer to external Spirit of Math Contest section).

The contestants might miss a few hours of their school time to write the contest(s) at the assigned Spirit of Math campus. Some of the contests that are offered by a few 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).

External Spirit of Math Contests (Offered Outside of Normal Spirit of Math Class Time):

External Spirit of Math Contests are math contests that are offered to our students outside of Spirit of Math regular class times. If an external contest is offered by your child’s day school, in that case you must register for the contest with your school. If a contest is not offered at your day school, you are welcome to register and write the contest with Spirit of Math campus near you. You also have the option to select and register your child for a contest that is above their current day school grade level; however, you cannot sign up for a lower grade contest (i.e. a grade 4 cannot write a grade 3 math contest). Please note, there is a separate fee to participate in each contest listed below.

Note: Contestants will be invited to write the contest at the contest time specified in the schedule document attached above. For all external contest with the exception of WMO and Spirit of Math International Contest, parents are required to sign a consent form to attest that the external contest their child is participating through Spirit of Math is not offered through the child’s day school. The consent form is available at all Spirit of Math Campuses hosting the external contest.

WMO – World Mathematical Olympiad

Grades offered: 3-6

Important Dates:

  • Provincial Qualifier Round: April 3, 2020
  • Provincial Semi-Finals: April 17, 2020
  • Provincial Finals: May 1, 2020
  • Provincial Finals: May 15, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 Local Time

Registration cost: $25

Website: wmocanada

 World Mathematical Olympiad (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. Spirit of Math creates the competition papers, training material, and train the WMO Canada Team in-house to represent Canada in the WMO Global Finals. In August 2020, Spirit of Math is hosting the WMO Global Finals here in Toronto, Ontario. The 12 finalists will represent WMO Canada Team and will attend with their parents, and the WMO Canada Staff to compete with the contending countries. We are expecting delegates and teams from over 16 countries (approximately 400 students, parents, officials and educationists) to congregate and participate in the competition.

The WMO Global Finals, brings 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: 7-12

Date: November 7, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Registration cost: $25

Website: Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge

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 the 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 a few hours of their day school on the day of the contest.

MATHEMATICA

Grades offered: 3-9

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 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: Mathematica

Since 1990, more than 1,000,000 students in Canada and the United States have participated in the Mathematica Contest. The contest is held at select Spirit of Math 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. In addition, a medal will also be awarded to the champion of the contest. National plaques will be awarded to schools ranked in the first, second, and third place 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, which will have the student’s name inscribed on the back. Provincial champions will receive the same medal. Students participating and scoring a perfect score in the Pythagoras, Euler and Lagrange will receive a US$250 merit scholarship to attend the International Math Path camp. Lastly, students with the highest or perfect score will be included in both National and Provincial Honour Rolls which will be published online.

Note: The contestants will require to miss a few hours of their day school on the day of the contest.

CNML – Canadian National Math League

Grades offered: 5-8

CNML 5: Friday, April 17 & 24, 2020 (dates may vary for this contest, please see schedule attached in the registration link above)

CNML 6 – 8: Friday, February 21, 2020

Time: 5:00-5:30 PM

Registration Cost: $10

Website: Mathleague

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 – 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 to participate in either  CNML 6 OR CNML 7.

CNML 7: Contestants must be in Grade 7 or below to participate in either CNML 6 OR CNML 7.

CNML 8: Contestants must be in Grade 8 or below to participate in one of the CNML 6, 7, 8.

Note: Contestants will be invited to write the contest after school.

CEMC – University of Waterloo

Grades offered: 7-12

CEMC – Guass (grades 7-8): Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am

CEMC – Pascal, Cayley & Fermat (grades 9-10): Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am

CEMC – Fryer, Galois & Hypatia (grades 9-11): Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Registration Cost: $10

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

Note: The contestants will require to miss a few hours of their day school on the day of the contest.

Website: CEMC – University of Waterloo

Gauss – Grade 7 & 8

The Gauss Contest is an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving skills. Students in Grade 7, 8 or from lower grades interested to write this contest 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 skills. The contest is structured in two parts, the first few questions in the contest comprises of concepts found in the curriculum common to all provinces. The second part comprises of questions that are designed to test ingenuity and insight. 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, challenging and provides a great approach to develop mathematical problem-solving skills through a written mathematical activity. Questions are based on the curriculum common to all Canadian provinces. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems, test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving skills. 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 in a form 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, 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 marks. Questions are divided into answers only and full solution parts. Contestants are reminded that marks for the full solution questions are assigned in a form and style of presentation, as well are the 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 learn that math can be 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 Internal & External Contest Results

The 2019 Spirit of Math International Contest took place from February 24 to March 1, 2019. The internal and external contest results for 2018-19 to be published on an Honor Roll Newsletter soon!

The 2018 Spirit of Math International 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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