Competition format

Each team selects one of the eight research questions to work on. Once they have finished their research, they must present their findings.

They may do this by either:

  1. Writing a formal report, or
  2. Creating a visual display

All work must be the sole product of the registering team.

Students have until 27 July 2020 to complete their research and submit their completed project to ms-outreach@ms.unimelb.edu.au. The eight winning teams will be contacted in the week commencing 28 August.

The eight finalists (four from each age grouping) will be invited to the University of Melbourne in October (date still to be determined) to give a presentation of their project. Each team will be allocated an area in which to set up a visual presentation of their project. Students may use technology in their presentations if they wish. Guests and a panel of judges will move around and view the projects. The students will be expected to be able to explain their research and findings to the judges and guests and to answer any questions. Students competing in teams can elect to have multiple speakers or just choose one speaker. At the end of the presentation time, the top research project will be selected for each age group.

Prize structure

There are eight prizes. The top research project in each age category receives $1500 and the three runners up in each age category receive $600. All teams will receive a travel bursary to enable them to travel to the finals presentation. This will be capped at $1000. All teams who successfully submit a completed research project will receive a certificate for participation.

Judging

The criteria for judging will vary depending on the age category and the complexity of the research project. However, whenever explicit mathematics is involved, mathematical accuracy is vitally important, as is the correct use of mathematical language.

In addition to these, the judging criteria includes elements for originality, creativity, communication and presentation.

For further information please contact ms-outreach@ms.unimelb.edu.au.