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Singapore Mathematics Project Festival

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bb  Project Presentation schedules (2017)
bb  Rules of the Festival   
bb  Judging Criteria
bb  Judging Process
bb  Submission Procedure

bb  Registration Fees and Payment
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Introduction

The Singapore Mathematics Project Festival (SMPF) was inaugurated by the Singapore Mathematical Society in 2001 in recognition of the fact that creative and innovative work in mathematics may best be reflected in project work wherein ideas may be thoroughly explored and carried through from start to finish.  The Society received a donation from Mr Foo Fook Lian to establish the Foo Kean Pew Memorial Prizes awarded to projects adjudged to be the best in the respective sections of the Festival.

Programme:

Singapore Mathematics Project Festival

Participants:

All secondary school students

Descriptions:

The objective of this activity is 3-fold:
(i) to encourage secondary school students in Singapore to carry out and present innovative and creative work in mathematics,
(ii) to recognise and emphasise the importance of project-based learning in the secondary school curriculum, and
(iii) to complement the examination-based Mathematical Olympiads organised by the Society.

Dates:

Preliminary Rounds: Feb 18 and 25, 2017
Final Round: April 1, 2017

Registration Fees:

$50 per project for schools which are SMS institutional members and
$60 per project for schools which are non-SMS institutional members.

Enquiry:

Mr Peng Wei

Deadlines:

Online Registration: From Dec 24, 2016.

Payment and Online Submission of Projects: Jan 19, 2017 (submission procedure)


Rules of the Festival

1. The Singapore Mathematics Project Festival (hereinafter called "the Festival") is organized by the Singapore Mathematical Society. The Festival Congress will be held during the one-week school holiday on April 1, 2017. The objectives of the Festival are

a.     To encourage secondary school students in Singapore to carry out and present innovative and creative work in mathematics.

b.    To recognize and emphasize the importance of project-based learning in the secondary school curriculum.

c.     To complement the examination-based Mathematical Olympiads organized by the Singapore Mathematical Society.

2. The Festival aims to showcase mathematical projects completed by secondary school students in the year preceding submission. Projects may be carried out by teams of not more than four members from the same school. The deadline for submission is January 19, 2017 . The language of the Festival will be English.

3. Projects submitted to the Festival may be submitted to other interschool competition organized by other organizations. However, the projects have to be done by the students within the calendar year of 2016, and may not be submitted to any competition held before 2017.

4. The Festival will have two sections : a Junior Section and a Senior Section.

a.     For the Junior Section, projects submitted must be carried out by students who are in Secondary One or Two in the Express Stream (including the Gifted Education Programme), or Secondary One, Two or Three in the Normal Stream (Academic or Technical) in the year in which the project is carried out (i.e., the year preceding submission).

b.    For the Senior Section , projects submitted must be carried out by students who are in secondary schools in the year in which the project is carried out.

5. Any project (on any topic) that is relevant and/or related to mathematics may be submitted to the Festival. Projects submitted to the Festival need not involve advanced mathematical ideas or concepts, and problems investigated need not be solved completely or conclusively. Projects submitted will be judged based on the following Criteria of Assessment:

a.     Mathematical content

b.    Creativity and originality

c.     Applicability and relevance

d.    Overall presentation

For the purpose of judging creativity and originality, submission of journals on the project is strongly encouraged.

6. Authors of all projects will be asked to give a 10-15 minutes oral presentation plus 3 minutes Q&A session in the preliminary round. The preliminary round will be held on Feb 18, 2017 and Feb 25, 2017. The presentation and the written reports will be assessed by a panel of judges made up of teachers and mathematicians.

7. Based on the scores of the oral presentations and written projects, we will invite teams with potential of getting at least a silver medal to be interviewed and give an oral presentation at the Festival congress on April 1, 2017.

8. Another panel of judges will assess all shortlisted projects based on the material submitted, the interview and the oral presentation. They will be made up of mathematicians from the Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore and the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Group, National Institute of Education. Each member of the panel of judges should not be involved in any way in the supervision of any project submitted to the Festival. Decisions made by the panel of judges shall be final.

9. Each school is invited to submit not more than five projects to each section of the Festival. There is a registration fee of $50 per project for schools which are SMS institutional members and $60 per project for schools which are non-SMS institutional members. Schools intending to submit projects undertaken by their students are required to register each project online between Dec 24, 2016 and Jan 19, 2017. Payment of the registration fee, together with online submission of the projects must be completed by Jan 19, 2017. Projects submitted by Jan 19, 2017 but whose registration fee has not been received by Jan 19, 2017 will be disqualified. Late registrations, payments, submissions will not be accepted.

10. We need a lot of manpower to assess projects in the preliminary round and we seek the cooperation of schools that submit a project to nominate a teacher to sit in the panel of judges in the preliminary round. The nominated teacher's particulars and contact information must be provided when the project is registered. Nominated teacher judges will be informed of their judging duties by Jan 30, 2017.

11. At the end of the Festival, prizes and awards will be given out as follows:

a.     For the Junior Section, the project judged to be the overall best project (with Gold award) by the panel of judges may be awarded the Foo Kean Pew Memorial Prize (Junior Section) (with cash value of $1,000 including the Gold medal). The school that submits the project winning the Foo Kean Pew Memorial Prize in the Junior Section will be awarded the Singapore Mathematical Society Shield (Junior Section), which will be kept by the school until the next festival. A Shield may be kept permanently by a school that has submitted the overall best project for five consecutive festivals.

b.    For the Senior Section, the project judged to be the overall best project (with Gold award) by the panel of judges may be awarded the Foo Kean Pew Memorial Prize (Senior Section) (with cash value of $1,000 including the Gold medal). The school that submits the project winning the Foo Kean Pew Memorial Prize in the Senior Section will be awarded the Singapore Mathematical Society Shield (Senior Section), which will be kept by the school until the next festival. A Shield may be kept permanently by a school that has submitted the overall best project for five consecutive festivals.

c.     For each section, projects of sufficient merit will be awarded Gold/Silver/Bronze prizes and honorable mention. Each Gold/Silver/Bronze award project will receive a cash prize of $400/$200/$100 respectively. In addition, a project with good presentation may be awarded speical cash prize of $50. Certificates of participation will be awarded to all participants.


Judging Criteria

1. Mathematical Content
Mathematical content is interpreted in a broad sense to include all areas that are relevant and/or related to mathematical sciences. A high level of technical mathematical prowess is not expected. Rather, the project should present a clear and coherent understanding of the chosen topic. Most importantly, any mathematics included in the project should be correct.

2. Creativity and Originality
Creativity and originality may be exhibited in the choice of topic, the methods used to analyze the chosen problem and the way in which findings are presented. The emphasis is on project participants showing thinking skills beyond "standard" approaches to the topic at hand.

3. Applicability and Relevance
Projects that model and discuss situations and problems based on real-life scenarios are highly encouraged. Projects that find use in situations beyond the main topic discussed are also deemed applicable.

4. Overall Presentation 
The basic requirement included under this criterion is a clear and well-organized exposition of the project. Additional material such as models and computer programs may enhance the presentation if they are relevant to the topic and well constructed. For teams invited to the Festival Congress, their presentation at the Congress will also be taken into account.


Judging Process

1. Preliminary rounds
Every submitted project will have to go through a preliminary round of presentation and Q&A. The judging panel for the preliminary round consists of 2 to 3 school teachers and is chaired by a mathematician from NUS or NIE. The panel of judges can ask questions after each presentation.
The reviews of the projects based on the four judging criteria will be used as a reference for shortlisting projects for the final round as well as awarding the various colour medals.

2. Award of medals and shortlisting of final round projects
The chair-persons (mathematicians) of the preliminary round judges will form two panels (one for each of the junior and senior sections) to assess the written reports of the submitted projects. Based on the written reports and the grades of the preliminary round, the panel will shortlist the projects for final round presentation and decide on the awards for the other projects.

3. Final round presentation 
The panel of judges (item 2 above) will assess the final presentation as well as interview the teams. Based on the oral presentation and the written reports, the panel will decide on the best project as well as the awards for the other final round projects.


Online Registration andSubmission Procedure

1.    Registration and submissions will be done online (Please read the following instructions carefully):
Step 1: Registration:
see point 6 below
Step 2: Submission: see point 9 below  

2.    All projects submitted should be in the form of one written report not exceeding thirty A4-sized pages. The written report should be essentially self-contained and state clearly the objective and conclusion of the project.

3.    Each submission must include a summary of about two pages in a separate document.

4.    In addition to the summary and written report, each submission may be supplemented by computer software, models, video clips, and/or journal/log books/scrap books. Supplementary materials may be submitted online at the above website together with the written report and summary.

5.    The website for submission will accept documents in the following format with the stated file size limit:

o    Text files (.pdf, .doc file, not exceeding 10MB in total)

o    Video files (.avi, .asf, .mpg, .wmv file, not exceeding 100MB and not longer than 5 minutes in total)

o    Audio files (.mp3, .a3w, .asf, .wma file, not exceeding 10MB in total)

o    Image files (.jpeg, .bmp, .gif file, not exceeding 10MB in total)

Any participant intending to submit documents in any other format or exceed the stated file size must contact Mr Peng Wei (pengwei@nus.edu.sg) prior to submission.

  1. All participants intending to submit a project for the festival must first visit the SMPF registration website to register their project. Registration begins on Dec 24, 2016 and must be completed before Jan 16, 2017. Based on the information provided by participants during registration, each project registered will be given

·         a Project ID

·         a web-generated project registration form

·         a password

7.    Each project registered must be accompanied by the name of the teacher nominated to sit in the panel of judges in the preliminary round.

8.    Payment for each registered project must be made before Jan 19, 2017, 5:00pm (see section on Registration Fees and Payment).

9.    With the Project ID and password obtained during registration, participants will be able to login at the SMPF submission website to submit their projects by Jan 19, 2017, 11:59pm.
(If you encounter problems submitting your project online, please contact Mr Peng Wei pengwei@nus.edu.sg)
Note that projects submitted without completing the payment of registration fees by the deadline stated in point 8 will be disqualified.

10.  Late submissions and/or payments will not be accepted.


Registration Fees and Payment

1.    Each school is invited to submit not more than five projects to each section of the Festival. There is a registration fee of $50 per project for schools which are SMS institutional members and $60 per project for schools which are non-SMS institutional members.

2.    The web-generated project registration form obtained during project registration (see point 6 on Online Registration and Submission Procedure) must accompany each payment.

  1. Registration fees may be paid by cash or cheque. Payment must be made before Jan 19, 2017, 5:00pm. No extension is allowed.
  2. Payment can be made by either cash (personally only) or cheque. Participants (or their teacher in-charge) may either
    a) Send a cheque to the following address
    Mdm Chan Lai Chee
    c/o Department of Mathematics
    National University of Singapore
    Blk S17, Lower Kent Ridge Road
    Singapore 119076
    or
    b) Come to the National University of Singapore, Department of Mathematics personally to hand over the cheque/cash payment. Please call Mdm Chan (65162762) to schedule an appointment prior to coming.

5.    Schools may combine the registration fee for multiple projects into one payment.

6.    The Singapore Mathematical Society is not responsible for any lost cheques, which would be deemed as failure to complete payment by the deadline .

7.    For cheque payment, address the payee as “Singapore Mathematical Society”.

8.    Receipts will be issued once payment is received in good order.

 

 

 

 

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