[UW-News-Release] Canada's brightest young math minds gather at UW for 42nd annual seminar
jmorris at uwaterloo.ca
Tue Jun 12 11:56:48 EDT 2007
Canada's brightest young math minds gather at UW for 42nd annual seminar
WATERLOO, Ont. (Tuesday, June 12, 2007) -- Some of the brightest math
students from high schools across Canada are honing their skills this
week as the University of Waterloo hosts the 42 annual Canadian
Mathematics Competition Seminar.
The 56 students earned an invitation to the seminar by excelling in
competitions organized by UW's Centre for Education in Mathematics
and Computing (CEMC). They will spend the week on a series of
activities -- including daily problem-solving sessions and a math
relay -- designed to test and stretch their considerable abilities.
"These kids are the bright lights and technological leaders of
tomorrow, and it's gratifying to see that they have so strong an
interest in mathematics," said Ian VanderBurgh, director of the CEMC.
"They are excited to visit Waterloo, which many already see as the
centre of the universe when it comes to math."
A key part of the week has the students learning from one another
during daily problem-solving sessions that run from 10:30 a.m. to
noon from June 11 to 14. Participants work in groups of three or four
to solve four or five problems. In the last half hour, each
individual must write up his or her solution to one with no advanced
warning of the specific problem.
The students will participate in a math relay during the evening of
June 15. To win, each member of a team must solve a problem on his or
her own. But the first answer is part of the second problem, which
then becomes part of the third problem, and so forth.
The week also includes an awards banquet, beginning at 5 p.m. on June
14. More than 200,000 students write one of CEMC's mathematics
competitions and fewer than 60 attend the weeklong seminar. The
prizes and awards for these contests are presented at the banquet.
The CEMC was created in 1995 by UW's faculty of mathematics, which
has long been a supporter of math activities in schools. That
interest led to the creation of a team of mathematics educators
devoted to the creation of enrichment activities for elementary and
secondary schools. The CEMC is responsible for the internationally
recognized Canadian Mathematics Competitions (CMC), the Canadian
Computing Competition (CCC), a comprehensive series of problems books
and a well-earned reputation for staging popular problem-solving
workshops for students and teachers.
Ian VanderBurgh, director of the Centre for Education in Mathematics
and Computing, 519-888-4567 ext. 32358
Judith Koeller, associate director of resources for the Centre for
Education in Mathematics and Computing, 519-888-4567 ext. 35128
Amy Aldous, UW faculty of mathematics, 519-888-4567 ext. 38141
UW news release no. 55
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