2017 Maths Talent Quest a great success!

Date: 30 October 2017

MTQ sponsorsOn the Thursday 19th October MAV President, Michaela Epstein, and Peter Saffin, CEO had the pleasure of presenting the Maths Talent Quest Awards (MTQ) to students from prep to year 12. The National and State awards ceremony were attended by nearly 1000 students, teachers and parents.

The MAV congratulates all the award winners, there are too many to list here so State and National winners are available on the MTQ webpage. In 2017 the Victoria State MTQ received over 670 investigations from Victoria, Tasmania and Northern Territory. Each investigation was judged three times by volunteer judges. That is a huge task for which we thank all those who undertook judging.

The MTQ provides an opportunity for students to undertake projects in mathematics that develop skills such as problem solving, creative and critical thinking, communication and team work in their pursuit of mathematical investigations. Awards were given for individual, group and class projects at each level and it was amazing to hear the variety of projects completed in areas of student interest.

We would also like to especially acknowledge two mathematics educators who received ‘Outstanding Service Awards’ for their work over many years on the MTQ. Steve Wilson of Carey Baptist Grammar School and June Penny have both contributed enormously to the awards for over 25 years. Steve was a founder of the awards, and June and Steve have been actively involved in the MTQ as judges, running MTQ in school, and as promotors and organisers of the awards. Well done to you both!

Felstead Education also gave the audience a very entertaining preview of The Maths Show, which is sponsored by MAV (See photo).

Finally, MAV would like to thank the major sponsor, La Trobe University who provided the venue and much support for the awards judging and ceremony. Without La Trobe this significant event would not be possible.

The dates for the 2018 MTQ are available now.

Peter Batchelor

Peter is the Webmaster of the Mathematical Association of Victoria. A long, long time ago he was a Primary teacher and then taught computer subjects and Mathematics to Year 10 before becoming a lecturer at RMIT and then working with subject associations to develop their web presence.

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