Pangea is a reputed competition organised in 18 European countries and now for the fifth time being held in Ireland. The Maths Olympics is a fun and challenging competition for the primary and secondary students. These competitions bring together students of like interests and abilities, allowing them to form their own community in which they will find friendship, inspiration, and encouragement to a far greater degree than most of these students can find in the typical classroom. Beyond encouraging an interest in mathematics, contests help prepare students for competition and helps them develop the ability to think about and solve complex problems.
The primary aim of ‘’Pangea Math Olympics’’ is to cultivate a love and appreciation for mathematics among talented students – this is achieved by giving such students exposure to deeper, more challenging and brain-teasing mathematical problems. Students will have to work their fingers to the bone!
Tutors will subscribe individual students, classes, or even the whole school online to the competition. Every teacher initially registers in the registration portal at (www.educationalsociety.ie or www.pangea-maths.com) and ﬁlls in the application form. With the teachers’ account, tracking of the entire competition process and insight of the results is possible.
Mathematics is a key area of school education. Unfortunately, the math is yet simply seen by any students as the “fear subject”. Many students do not trust their skills and tend to avoid maths whenever possible, along with the lines of “grin and bear it”.
The Pangea mathematics competition is the exact addressing approach here. By means of the Pangea philosophy, we motivate all participants for mathematics, which is obtained by the fact that at least half of the tasks in the first round are solvable for everyone; thus increasing the self-esteem of students and empowers them in their own abilities. Mathematically gifted students are “strengthened” in their abilities, whereas weaker children motivated and guided to their own strengths. Nothing motivates more than success.
This year Pangea is a digital competition and the exams are taken online. If the school has an IT Lab then the students can sit the online version of the relevant test. For the first round, 20 multiple-choice questions are provided that are to be processed within 40 minutes. Since the students write their answers online, they will get their exam evaluated immediately after submitting the test. After two to three weeks, the results of the eligible students for the second round will be announced.
The qualified intermediate round participants will be contacted by email. The top 120 pupils from the first round reach the second round (final) each grade level. In the second round, there will be 10 questions to be solved within 35 minutes. These will be trickier to solve than the questions in the previous round and will decide whom the prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals will go to.
The Pangea Maths Olympics will take place in two rounds:
- Round 1: The first round could be done at any time/day of the week between the 26th February and 16th March 2018 in the IT labs of the schools themselves, online during mathematics class time.
- Round 2 (Final): The finals will be held on the 12th May 2018, at Trinity College Dublin, together with the award ceremony.
Application deadline 21st February 2018