New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad Student Association (NZMOSA), a student initiative started at the beginning of this year with the aim of fostering passion and interest for mathematical thinking, processes and creativity, which are represented in a branch of high school mathematics known as the Mathematical Olympiad.
Starting on July 29, 2014, we would like to launch a nationwide mathematical competition, named the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad (NZMO). We plan this to be as follows:
90 minutes in duration
Supervised under exam conditions
Three divisions (Junior for Years 7 and 8, Intermediate for Years 9 to 11, and Senior for Years 12 and 13), each with its own question paper
6 questions for each question paper, with a total 60 marks (clear working will be expected in student answers)
Can your students win $6000 in New Zealand's Next Top Engineering Scientist?
This fun and challenging day long competition is for teams of three to four senior students, who have interests in mathematics and science. The 2014 competition will run near the start of term 3, on Saturday the 2nd of August. The problem is revealed at 9am in the morning and students work in their teams to provide a solution by 6pm of that day. First prize is $6,000 plus there are two runner-up prizes of $2,000. For more information and to register your team(s) see the Department of Engineering Science website at the University of Auckland: www.des.auckland.ac.nz/competition Registrations close Friday 25th of July.
Consultation on AS91027 Mathematics and Statistics 1.2 Apply algebraic procedures in solving problems
The Ministry of Education is proposing that the assessment mode of achievement standard 91027 Mathematics and Statistics 1.2 Apply algebraic procedures in solving problems be changed from external to internal.
The reasons for this proposal are:
Schools can choose to assess students when students are ready for the assessment if the standard is assessed internally.
The implementation of the assessment currently is logistically very difficult, with clashes occurring with other significant events in the secondary school calendar that NZQA has to work around.
Currently the timeframe for benchmarking is short with pressure to get confirmed schedules to schools within a few days, which has sometimes required minor adjustments to published schedules.
The current nature of the assessment has given this standard a perceived degree of importance that was not intended and is out of kilter with other level 1 Mathematics and Statistics standards.
The proposal would remove the anomaly of having four externally assessed standards in mathematics and statistics. All other subjects have a maximum of three.
The technology-free nature of the standard can still apply if considered necessary or desirable.
The standard is well understood by teachers and they are making sound assessor judgements with a high level of agreement with the verifiers' judgements.