Frequently asked questions
What is the Pangea Maths Olympics?
The Pangea Maths Olympics is an annual mathematics competition held in 18 European countries and now for the fourth time being held in Ireland.
What are the aims/goals of the Pangea Maths Olympics?
The purpose is to promote and encourage mathematics in students in primary and secondary schools worldwide.
Where can I learn more?
The following websites, as well as your mathematics teacher, will provide you with any information you may need. (The websites are updated to bring the latest information on the Pangea Maths Olympics)
http://www.pangea-maths.com/ (results found here)
Pangea Official International website (in German):
Which schools are doing it?
All primary and secondary schools in Ireland will be participating.
How do I become part of it?
Teachers can register classes online at http://www.pangea-maths.com/ under Online: Application Form.
Students cannot individually apply, they must ask their teachers to register the total number of students wishing to apply.
Who can join/ What age group can apply?
Primary school students: 5th and 6th class
Secondary school students: 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year 5th year and 6th year
When is the deadline to apply?
21st February 2018.
Does it cost money?
It is free to enter.
How will we get the question sheets?
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. This is the most practical way of participating in the competition.
What kind of maths is involved?
The maths involved is similar to the maths you do in school, nothing beyond the school curriculum is asked.
Examples for 6th class:
How many months are there in 2¾ years?
- 21 months B) 30 months C) 24 months D) 27 months) E) 33 months
Example for 2nd year:
Which statement is false?
- 2 is a prime number B) 0 is neither positive nor negative C) -7 is bigger than -3
- D) 0.1 is twice 0.5 E) 2007 can be divided by 3
Example for 5th year:
What is the next number in the sequence: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, …?
- A) 80 B) 48 C) 64 D) 68 E) 44
Is the maths involved difficult?
The first round is designed to be easy enough that anybody can do it. Of course, the math problems increase in difficulty after each round. However, those with an appreciation for maths should find no trouble in doing very well.
How does the competition proceed?
Tutors will subscribe individual students, classes, or even the whole school online to the competition. Every teacher initially registers online at the above website and fills in the application form. The teachers can track the entire competition process and the results from the website. The competition is split into 2 parts, the first round and the final round; the first round consists of 20 multiple-choice questions to be answered within 40 minutes.
The top students from the first round will reach the final round from each year group. In the final round, there will be 10 multiple choice questions and 1 additional written question to be solved in 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.
How will we know the results?
The competition results are usually announced about two or three weeks after the first round. The participants that are qualified for the final round will be contacted by email.
Where is the competition held?
The first round is up to the individual schools and is done in the IT labs of the schools themselves online, during mathematics class time.
After the first round, the results (2 to 3 weeks later) are then posted online and sent to the maths teachers of each school. The second (final) round is held in Dublin City Centre (Trinity College Dublin).
When is the competition held?
The first round could be done at any time/day of the week between the 26th February and 16th March 2018, as long as it is completed by the deadline (16th March).
The second (final) round is held in Trinity College Dublin on 12th May 2018.
How are the finals held?
The finals will be held at Trinity College Dublin on 12th May 2018 from 11.00 am to 11.40 am, followed by a recess after which the award ceremony will be held in the auditorium from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm.
What are the prizes?
First Prize: €150 voucher + Gold medal + certificate of participation
Second Prize: €100 voucher + Silver medal + certificate of participation
Third Prize: €75 voucher + Bronze medal + certificate of participation
All students who take part in the finals will receive certificates of participation. All finalists will receive cash prizes as well as other prizes, medals for the winners (gold, silver and bronze) and certificates at the award ceremony. The school with the most participants will receive an iPad.