The SchoolNova enrichment program held the annual Math Kangaroo international math competition for school children in grades 1 to 12 on Thursday, March 19, in the big auditorium at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.
This year marked the 10th competition sponsored by SchoolNova, which became an official center for Math Kangaroo in 2006. Back then only 800 students around the country participated in the contest. Last year there were nearly 17,000 participants in the United States. More than 6 million students from more than 50 countries participate in Math Kangaroo worldwide.
Math Kangaroo is held every year on the third Thursday in March to encourage students to master their mathematical skills. Any student in grades 1 through 12 qualifies if he or she can work independently reading the questions and marking answers. The competition questions, chosen by the International Math Kangaroo Committee, are age-appropriate, interesting and in the format of word problems. The exam lasts 75 minutes and consists of 24 questions for grades 1 to 4 and 30 questions for grades 5 to 12.
In May the winners are awarded at national and state levels, and a full list of winners and awards is published on the Math Kangaroo website.