National Mathematics Talent Quest
The National Mathematics Talent Quest (NMTQ) brings together the winners of state and territory competitions which recognise students' work on extended mathematical projects.
In addition to excellence in mathematics, winners excel in terms of creativity, presentation and communication. Judging occurs in October each year and responsibility for this rotates around the various states and territories.
The NMTQ aims to promote:
- appreciation of the scope of mathematics;
- enjoyment of mathematics;
- sustained investigation of mathematics over a period of time;
- communication of mathematical ideas, information and conclusions;
- integration of processes and content within mathematics;
- creativity of both mathematical processes and mathematical presentations.
The NMTQ involves judging the winners of state/territory talent quests, to find the best entries in the country. Tens of thousands of students from Pre-school to Year 12 take part in these quests annually.
Entries may be on any mathematical topic and be presented in formats such as posters, written items (report, story, play, poem, diary, booklet etc.), video, computer based or physical models.
Categories and awards
At each year level (Pre-school-Year 12) awards may be given for
- small group (2 - 6 students);
- class group (7 or more students).
In addition, there are Overall Awards for best entries in Years Pre-school-4, 5-8, and 9-12. All entries receive Participation Certificates and judges can award Merit Certificates to outstanding entries which do not receive a major award.
All entries are judged using criteria including: mathematical content; mathematical processes; source and originality of idea; coherence; use of language; and presentation.
Your local competition
For information about your local talent quest, contact a AAMT Affiliated Association in your state or territory.
Winners in the 2010 National Mathematics Talent Quest
A list of the Overall and Year level winners, plus the Merit Awards.