Thursday, January 28, 2010

International Math Kangaroo Contest 2010

International Math Kangaroo Contest 2010

Note: I have posted all grade level information in case some of our gifted students have younger siblings. Please see Mrs. Barker-Whyte in Room 201 if you are interested in participating in this contest.

In 2009, more than 5,800,000 students from grade 3 to grade 12, from 46 countries around the world, participated in the contest. Among them, there were about 1100 Canadian students, and about 300 students from Ottawa.

In Canada, the 2010 Math Kangaroo contest is available in Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and St. John’s.

The Ottawa contest will take place on
Sunday, March 28, 2010
10:00 to 11:00am
At the
University of Ottawa, SITE building,
800 King Edward Blvd.

To register, complete the online registration form at and send a printed copy, along with a payment of $15 participation fee at the address provided on the website, before March 20, 2010.

Training sessions are offered to new participants from grade 3 to 8, on Sunday, February 21, and Sunday, March 7, 2010 . Details are available on the website.

For information, send an e-mail to:

The International Contest-Game Math Kangaroo
We would like to inform you about an exciting opportunity for students from grades 3 to 12 to be introduced to the beauty of mathematics and to become interested and willing to explore it.
Since 2006, the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest corporation organises this international contest in Canada, with the generous support of the CMS, IEEE (Northern section), and academic institutions like the University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, Concordia University College of Alberta, Mount Royal College in Calgary, University of Winnipeg, Memorial University of Newfoundland, etc. In the world, the contest is organised by the International Association “Kangaroo without Borders”, whose members are 46 countries from Europe, North America, South America and Asia, including Canada. Every year in March, the contest attracts more than 5 million students around the globe and, in terms of participants it is by no means the most popular math contest in the world.
The mission of the organisers from all countries is to expose students from their young school age to math challenges and to motivate them to learn and strive for improvement. In many countries, Math Kangaroo clubs, workshops, publications, camps, and other related activities are organized regularly during the year, with the dedication to promote mathematics to a wider audience of students, parents, teachers, and educators.
Canadian specifics of the contest
At present, there are several contest centres in Canada. In 2009, about 1100 students took part in the contest. We are looking for opportunities to expand the geography of the contest and to make it accessible to more students, from all regions of Canada. Some of the most important details are as follows:
1. There are five age groups: grade 3-4; grade 5-6; grade 7-8; grade 9-10, and grade 11-12.
2. The contest is offered in English and in French.
3. Students solve a set of 24 multiple choice questions divided in three levels of complexity, in 60 minutes.
4. Calculators are not permitted.
5. Maximum number of points is 120. A correct answer earns 3 points (level A), 4 points (level B) or 5 points (level C). A negative score of (-1) is given for a wrong answer, regardless the difficulty level. Unanswered problems are not given any points. Each participant starts with 24 points, in order to avoid negative total scores.
Important details for the contest in Ottawa in brief

Contest Day: March 28, 2010, 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Place: University of Ottawa, SITE building, 800 King Edward Blvd.

Registration: Online, through the website

Printed copy of the registration form and payment should be mailed to :
Math Kangaroo Contest,
1411A Carling avenue, Suite # 264,
Ottawa, ON, K1Z1A7
Registration fee of $15.00 per student to be paid by cheque to:
Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest
Training sessions: February 21 and March 7, 2010
Place: University of Ottawa, SITE Building, Room A150.
Time schedule:
Grade 3-4 9:30-10:30
Grade 5-6 11:00-12:00
Grade 7-8 12:30-1:30
Participation fee for the training: $5.00 per student per session, paid cash on the day of the training.
To register for training, please send an e-mail with a subject: Training Registration to

For any further information or inquiries, please contact Valeria Pandelieva by e-mail at or by phone at 613-792-1742.