[UW-News-Release] Canada's brightest young math minds gather at UW for 42nd annual seminar

John Morris 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.

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Contacts:

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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