Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Outreach

Alberta High School Mathematics Competition

The Alberta High School Mathematics Competition (AHSMC) is an annual mathematics competition for high school students in Alberta (students in junior high schools or in the Northwest Territories may apply to participate).  The AHSMC consists of two rounds.  The first round is open to all eligible students and takes place in November.  Top performers in the first round are invited to participate in the second round, which takes place in February.  For detailed information, please visit the Alberta High School Math Competition.

Alberta Summer Mathematics Institute

The Alberta Summer Mathematics Institute (ASMI) offers a fun, educational summer mathematics program to high school students (Grades 10 through 12).  Its mission is to inspire exploration and research in mathematical studies.  The ASMI is a day-style summer camp that runs over a four-week period, and takes place on the campus of the University of Alberta.  For more information, please visit the Alberta Summer Mathematics Institute website.

CMS Regional Math Camps

Each summer, Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Regional Math Camps provide junior high school students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable enrichment experience.  Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.  Advanced math concepts are presented in a manner that is challenging yet still accessible.  CMS Regional Math Camps allows students to experience math as never before through games, projects, experiments, and other fun activities.  The camps also highlight the role of mathematics in everyday life.  CMS Regional Math Camps are hosted across Canada.  In Alberta, a CMS Regional Math Camp is hosted in alternate years by the University of Alberta (even years) and the University of Calgary (odd years).  For more information, please visit the CMS Math Camps page of the Canadian Mathematical Society.

GAME in the Schools

The GAME in the Schools program seeks to promote mathematics and show elementary school students that math is fun.  Graduate students from the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences volunteer to visit local school and conduct short (one hour) math workshops.  Activities are interactive and hands on and promote discussion amongst students.  If your school is interested in a GAME in the Schools workshop, please send an email message to mathgame@ualberta.ca.

JAMES Math Circle

The Junior Alberta Mathematics for Eager Students (JAMES) mathematics circle is a group of high-performing junior high school students that meets weekly.  Participants explore problems from various mathematics competitions from around the world (Tournament of the Towns, Edmonton Junior High Invitational, International Mathematics Contest, etc.) and learn new problem solving techniques.  Participants are exposed to many different areas within mathematics, such as number theory, graph theory, combinatorics, and geometry.  All junior high school students (Grades 7-9, and keen Grade 6) interested in learning more mathematics and trying new problems are welcome to participate.  There is no cost to join, and no need to register.  Students (accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver) can just drop in and see if it is for them.  All you need to bring is paper, pencil, and a curious mind.  For more information on meeting time and location, please contact Ryan Morrill at rmorrill@ualberta.ca.

Math Fair & Unfair

The Math Fair & Unfair is a popular biannual event for elementary and junior high school students held on the campus of the University of Alberta.  The Math Fair component of the event is hosted by Elementary Education students (teachers-in-training) taking our MATH 160 course.  The MATH 160 students create and prepare dozens puzzles and games, and engage with the children during their visit to stimulate problem solving and logical reasoning.  The Math Unfair component of the event is hosted by graduate students from the Department of Mathematical Sciences.  The graduate students invite the children to try a variety of two-player games and encourage them to develop strategies for playing wisely.  The Math Fair & Unfair event takes place in March and November each year.  If you are a school teacher who would like to bring a group of students to the Math Fair & Unfair, please contact Sean Graves at sgraves@ualberta.ca.  The Math Fair component of the event is based on the SNAP Math Fair philosophy, described below.

Math Mania Summer Camp with the Ermineskin Cree Nation

Every year, a free two-week Math Mania Summer Camp takes place in the Maskwacis First Nation community, about an hour south of Edmonton.  The goal of the camp is to improve and expand basic math skills for grade 5-8 students in Maskwacis.  The camp includes a one-day visit to the University of Alberta campus with fun and inspirational activities about mathematics and science.  For more information, please visit the Math Mania page on the Miyo Wahkohtowin Education website.

SNAP Math Fair

Are you a school teacher interested in inspiring and motivating your students in mathematics and having them become better problem solvers?  SNAP Math Fairs do just that!  SNAP stands for Student-centered, Non-competitive, All-inclusive, and Problem-based.  SNAP Math Fairs allow school teachers to provide a meaningful problem-solving experience for all students, and they can be adapted to almost any curriculum and set of standards.  The SNAP Math Fair philosophy was developed at the University of Alberta in the 1990's, and still is going strong.  For more information and resources, please visit the SNAP Math Fair website.  For information on upcoming events for educators, see the Workshops and Conferences page.