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Mathalon

At UOWD we believe in a student-centered approach to teaching and as part of our blended learning program, we host many events that either showcase student talents or bring out the best in students. Mathematics is one such crucial area of focus. At UOWD, we recognized the importance of making learning Math fun in 2006 and began a unique Math competition, called Mathalon, which has been continuously successful in drawing students to compete in a healthy and fun-filled environment.

Competition Date

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Venue

University of Wollongong in Dubai, Block 5, 14, 15, Dubai Knowledge Park
Location Map

Registration

      Paper-based Registration Form
      Fax: 04 2781801
      Email: Mathalon@uowdubai.ac.ae

      Online
      Start date – 23 September 2018

Register for Seniors Register for Juniors

Click here to download Mathalon 2018 Information Pack

Last day to Register

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Mathalon Challenge - Seniors Category

Paper-based with two sections. Section One – Multiple Choice Questions to be answered on MCQ Answer Sheets with PENCIL. Section Two – Application Questions to be solved with clear steps.

Languages

The competition will be held in English

Winners and Prizes

The winners, runners-up and second runners-up will be awarded:

  • Framed Certificates of Achievement
  • Scholarships from UOWD (which will come into effect after the winner has graduated high school and completed Ministry of Higher Education’s Entry and English Language requirements)
  • The school with the top winning team will receive a Rolling trophy (that will be with the school for the duration of a year and returned to Mathalon Committee for the next year’s competition).

Participants

  • All participants in the Senior category must be from Grades 11/12/13 only
  • All participants will receive a welcome pack when they register their attendance on the day of the event
  • All participants will receive e-Certificates of Participation that will be emailed to their respective school faculty representatives after the event, within 2-3 weeks.

Mathalon Concept Booths (MaCoB) - Junior Category

Each booth is dedicated to one team of three students only from each school belonging to Grades 9 and/or 10, and a coach. The teams are expected to prepare and present a mathematical concept in an innovative, imaginative and audience-friendly manner. 

Although mathematics is a subject by itself, we want to go beyond textbooks and classrooms. We want to celebrate Mathematics as an integral part of our daily lives – after all, humans have been ‘counting as a basic necessity of everyday life for thousands of years’ (COMAP, 2017). At the MaCoB, we invite teams to select any area of life and demonstrate how mathematics is inter-twined with the selected area. For instance, we all enjoy music. How often do we stop to think about the mathematics behind it? From the notes to rhythm, from scales to intervals, the harmonies, tone, pitch – are all closely connected to, yes you guessed right – mathematics! 

We invite one team comprising of students from your school’s Grades 9 and/or 10 to prepare a poster/video/visual presentation to be displayed at the booth on the day of Mathalon, November 24, 2018 where we expect more than 150 high school students and teachers to attend. 

The final top five teams to actually showcase their work will be selected by the Mathalon Technical Committee based on an abstract sent by the teams. Teams must get their abstracts in by 1 November 2018.

How does your team benefit?

Mathalon has been and continues to be a constructive, challenging event for high school students, adding to their college application, making for impressive credentials. MaCoB goes beyond high school grades 11/12 and extends Mathalon to include grades 9/10 to provide them with opportunity to also showcase their knowledge, test their mettle and develop 21st century learning skills such as time management, team work and interpersonal skills. Each student and mentor will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and the winning team voted by the senior teams will walk away with a grand prize. 

Why MaCoB?

At UOWD we believe in student-centric learning just as much as we believe in community outreach, benefiting the greater community. These are the key objectives that have driven Mathalon all these years. Furthering our objectives, we are expanding the reach of the competition to include Grades 9 and 10, students who are at the cusp of getting to the point where they will begin thinking about further education, subjects that are of interest, and courses that will influence their careers. As strong advocates of STEM and STEM to STEAM education and careers at UOWD, we further aim to open doors of possibilities for young minds to the importance, vitality and expansiveness of mathematics through their engagement in turning theories into practice.

Mathalon Day Plan*

08:30am – 10:00am Registration, Light Snacks, Tour of UOWD Campus and facilities
10:00am – 10:30am Welcome Address, Rules and Procedures
10:30am – 11:30am Competition / Annual Math Teachers’ Forum / MaCoB Stall Set up
11:30am – 12:00pm MaCoB Judging and Voting
12:00pm – 01:00pm Lunch & Prayer Break
01:00pm – 01:30pm Dubai Drums Entertainment for participants and coaches
01:30pm – 02:00pm Closing Address and Prize-giving Ceremony

* Schedules are subject to change without notice.
 

Rules and Regulations - Seniors

  1. The competition is in teams
  2. Each school is allowed to register a maximum of two (2) teams.
  3. Additional one (1) team may be registered at a nominal cost of AED50/- per student plus VAT.
  4. Each team MUST consist of one (1) - two (2) students only.
  5. All students registered MUST belong to Grade 11/12/13.
  6. Once registered, student/coach names can NOT be changed.
  7. Each school should register the teams under the school banner
  8. Each school should register a Faculty representative (hereby to be referred as Coach) to accompany the teams on the day of the competition
  9. Participants who have not registered their attendance before and on the day will not be allowed to participate
  10. Last date to register teams is Thursday, 15 November 2018 and it is non-extendable. 
  11. Schools are solely responsible for ensuring the spellings of the participating student/coach names are CORRECT on the forms and readable. We regret we will NOT be able to reprint ANY certificates/e-Certificates once they have been issued.
  12. Any kind of competition aids such as books, papers, notes, formula sheets are not allowed.
  13. Machine-readable versions/devices (computers, mobile/smart phones, CDs, flash memories, Bluetooth) are not allowed
  14. Programmable calculators are not allowed. However, teams may bring their own scientific calculators for use. List of acceptable calculator-models will be posted online. All participants bringing in their calculators will have to get them stamped for approval during registration, before taking it into the competition hall.
  15. Any participant attempting to communicate with other participants other than their own team member or disrupt the contest environment in any way will be disqualified.
  16. Participants requiring any kind of assistance will be expected to remain seated while being assisted by an invigilator
  17. Winners will be declared based on the scores attained for both rounds
  18. Tie-breaker round will be applied if needed (more details on the day of the competition)
  19. Committees' decisions are final

Rules and Regulations - Juniors

  1. The competition is in teams
  2. Each school is allowed to register a maximum of one (1) team
  3. Additional one (1) team may be registered at a nominal cost of AED50/- per student plus VAT.
  4. Each team MUST consist of one (1), two (2) or three (3) students only.
  5. All students registered MUST belong to Grade 9/10.
  6. Once registered, student/coach names can NOT be changed.
  7. Each school should register the teams under the school banner
  8. Each school should register a Faculty representative (hereby to be referred as Coach) to accompany the teams on the day of the competition
  9. Participants who have not registered their attendance before and on the day will not be allowed to participate
  10. Last date to register teams is Thursday, 1 November 2018 and it is non-extendable. Teams must register and send in the abstract for selection. Teams will ne notified by exam committee by 5 November 2018 so they can prepare their stall.
  11. We will provide two desks, and four chairs for each team – stall aesthetics is up to the teams. 
  12. Schools are solely responsible for ensuring the spellings of the participating student/coach names are CORRECT on the forms and readable. We regret we will NOT be able to reprint ANY certificates/e-Certificates once they have been issued.
  13. Teams must ensure the project they prepare and present is their research and contribution. 
  14. Any external source used MUST be cited using Harvard Referencing system
  15. Any team found to have copied projects off the internet will be disqualified. 
  16. Winners will be declared based on the scores attained from judges and senior teams. 
  17. Committees' decisions are final

Syllabus - Senior Level

  • Sets and numbers
  • Polynomials and factors
  • Exponents and radicals
  • Inequalities
  • Absolute values 
  • Functions (domain and Range)
  • Composite functions
  • Linear functions
  • Quadratic functions
  • Logarithms
  • Curve sketching
  • Basic geometry (2 dimensions)
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability (counting / combination principles)

Coaches

  1. Coaches are expected to be chosen by the respective schools in order to accompany the participants to the venue on the day of the competition
  2. Coaches are solely responsible for their participants, particularly on the day of the competition
  3. Coaches are expected to train their participants for the competition
  4. Coaches have to remain on campus for the entire duration of the competition and accompany their participants back.
  5. All coaches are invited to join the UOWD Teachers’ Forum (Math Bloc) whose seventh annual meeting will be held on the same day during the competition hour under the theme: Breaking through Barriers. Details will be announced closer to the date

Contact Details

Mathalon Committee

Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Wollongong in Dubai
Contact: 04 278 1935
Email: Mathalon@uowdubai.ac.ae

Previous Competitions

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

 

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