The School of Mathematics and Statistics Research Competition provides high-school students with the opportunity to understand what it means to conduct mathematics and solve mathematical problems.
The students will be given a set of eight open-ended questions from which they choose one. They can then use some of the 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. Students can compete individually, or they can compete as a team in order to foster a positive environment, giving them the opportunity to reason and work collaboratively.
Students must be currently enrolled in a Victorian government or non-government school. The competition is open to two age groups: Intermediate (Years 7 - 9) and Senior (Years 10 - 12).
Students may compete individually or in a team of up to three people. If a team includes students from different age groups, then they must register in the age category of the oldest student. Schools may enter multiple teams, and students may participate in more than one team.
The competition questions have been devised to be accessible by students in Years 7 to 12, however, students in year 5 or 6 who are undertaking accelerated programs at school may also enter.
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