The Portuguese Math Olympics (PMO), organized annually by the Portuguese Society of Mathematics, are a contest of Mathematics problems, which aims to encourage and develop the taste for Mathematics, directed to students in the 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic Portuguese education and those who attend secondary level.
This initiative, sponsored by NOVO BANCO since 2006, was the reason for awarding the "Gulbenkian Prize" to the Portuguese Society of Mathematics (SPM). According to the jury of the award, the reason of this distinction is the promotion of a "educational initiative of reference and great national impact, which for more than three decades promotes the aims of mathematics as a subject to be liked”
The problems proposed in this contest mainly appeal to the quality of reasoning, creativity and imagination of students. One of the objectives of the competition is the early detection of scientific vocations and, in particular, for mathematics. It is gratifying that many of the winners of previous editions of the OPM have embarked on scientific careers that promise to be quite successful.
NOVO BANCO, whose objectives are aligned to those of the PMO, has included this initiative in its Financial Literacy Programme and become its sponsor.
Brothers from Santa Maria da Feira make history at the 37th Portuguese Mathematical Olympiads
The brothers Tiago Mourão (9th year) and Nuno Mourão (7th) from Santa Maria da Feira took the lead and took home a gold and a bronze medal, respectively, at the 37th Portuguese Mathematical Olympics (OPM).
They study at the same school, have two years difference and competed in different categories, but the taste for Mathematics is the same. Tiago is already repeating; it is the third consecutive year that collects a gold medal. Nuno is a newcomer. In the past, the older brother of the medalists, Paulo Mourão, was a winner of this competition. All from the Basic School Fernando Pessoa, in Santa Maria da Feira.
In this 37th edition, the Secondary School D. Filipa de Lencastre, managed to repeat a feat of 2017 and snatched three medals. Leonardo Tavares (9th year) is responsible for a gold medal, David Nassauer (12th year) won a silver and João Rocha (11th year) a bronze.
Sebastião da Gama Secondary School in Setúbal hosted the Final of the 37th Portuguese Mathematical Olympics, which featured a special guide, youtuber Inês Guimarães, better known as MathGurl. The author of the book "Mathematical Challenges That Make You Go Crazy" has also been a participant in the Olympics.
The closing ceremony of the competition took place on April 7th at Luísa Todi Forum in Setúbal. Jorge Buescu, Professor of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and former president of the Portuguese Society of Mathematics, presented the lecture "The Magic of the First Number" before the announcement of the winners.
The winners of categories A and B will be able to join the delegations that will represent Portugal in the international competitions after attending an internship in project Delfos, in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Coimbra.
The OPMs are organized by the Portuguese Society of Mathematics in partnership with the Department of Mathematics of the University of Coimbra. They have the support of the Ministry of Education, NOVO BANCO, Ciência Viva, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Pathena. This edition was also supported by the Sebastião da Gama School Group, Texas Instruments, Happy Code, Gradiva and Editorial Presença.