Solving Problems through Mathematical Modelling

Published Date: 23 May 2016 12:00 AM

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1. The NUS High School of Mathematics and Science (NUS High School) will host the 5th Singapore International Mathematics Challenge (SIMC) 2016 from 23 to 27 May 2016. SIMC is a biennial team-based mathematical modelling challenge which brings together students between the ages of 14 and 18 from around the world. The event is supported by the Ministry of Education.

2. With the highest number of participating countries and regions to date, SIMC 2016 will create opportunities for students and educators to interact with their counterparts from all over the world, paving the way for future collaboration in the area of mathematics education.

3. Since its inception in 2008, the number of local and international schools participating in the event has increased from 26 to 62 schools. This year, the participants come from 30 countries and regions. There are also 13 new participating schools. (Please refer to Annex A for the list of participating schools).

4. The theme for SIMC is ‘Experior. Expono. Excedo’ (“Experience. Expound. Exceed”). The event hopes to create an experience for the students to discuss and solve challenging problems using mathematical modelling, present their solutions to panels of judges, and to challenge themselves in their pursuit of mathematics excellence.

5. This year’s SIMC will coincide with the 12th International Student Science Fair, which is also hosted by NUS High School. A joint Opening Ceremony will be held on 23 May 2016 and officiated by Professor Imre Leader, Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and Nobel Laureate Professor Erwin Neher, Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen. Professor Imre Leader is the Chief Judge for this year’s Challenge.

6. Mrs Lee Bee Yann, Principal of NUS High School and Chairman of the SIMC Organising Committee highlighted the importance of the event. She said, “Many countries are aspiring to create their own smart cities and Singapore envisions herself becoming a Smart Nation in the near future. Such ambitions can be achieved primarily through the application of smart solutions to everyday conundrums. In this regard, SIMC continues to serve as an important platform for students to apply mathematics creatively to solve real-life problems that they may encounter in the future”.

More details on SIMC 2016 is available online at http://simc.nushigh.edu.sg/.

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