For Participants


To attend the Real World Maths in Action fair, you will need to register as places are limited.

Registrations are currently closed and will open again on 1 May 2021.

Registration on the day will be on the ground floor of the Sidney Myer Asia Centre. One person from your school must attend the registration desk between 8:30am to 8.50am to register your school and collection an information bag for each participant.


The fair is in the Sidney Myer Asia Centre at the University of Melbourne.

The talks and short problem solving competition will be in the Carrillo Gantner Theatre, in the basement of the Sidney Myer Asia Centre.


You can easily get to the campus on public transport, with trains, trams and buses nearby. The best way to plan your journey is through the Public Transport Victoria website.

What to bring

MIT Challenge

For the MIT Challenge, your team will be allocated a computer lab and a classroom to work in. Teams will be given an MIT kit containing:

  • Booklets to present your written solution in
  • Copies of the MIT problem statement
  • Pens and paper for the oral presentation.

Computer labs have PC computers with Microsoft Word and Excel as well as printing facilities. Wireless network access and printing will be available.

Each team should bring:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Calculators
  • Students can bring their own laptops if desired.

Short Problem-Solving Competition

For the short problem-solving competition, you should bring:

  • Pens and/or pencils
  • Paper for rough working

You cannot use a calculator for this competition.


  • Morning tea will be provided for all participants.
  • Lunch will be provided for teachers in the Mathematics and Statistics staff tea room in the Peter Hall Building.
  • Students can bring their own lunch or purchase food on campus.

Maths Fair Rules and Etiquette

Students are expected to participate willingly in activities in a considerate and supportive manner. Disruptive, disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour will be reported to the responsible teacher and the relevant school, and may lead to this school’s exclusion from the program.

Over the lunch break student are encouraged to undertake a self-guided discovery tour of the Parkville campus. During that time, they are not accompanied by their teacher but should be reminded that they are representing their school on campus and that the rules of conduct stated above still apply.

Whilst attending the University all visitors are required to report to a University staff member, as soon as is reasonably practicable, any:

  • Identified hazard or uncontrolled risk
  • Injury or health and safety incident
  • Environmental incident

Past events

Sample questions are available from previous years. You can also read about the speakers, presentations and view photos from the 2018 Real World Maths in Action fair.

Read about past events