National Final of the 36th edition of the Portuguese Math Olympics: Martas and Tiagos dominate medals at this edition
In the national final of the 36th Portuguese Math Olympics, which took place in the Mirandela School, from March 22 to 25, Martas and Tiagos were the top names: they won five gold medals.
Ana Pereira do Vale, a professor at the University of Minho, presented the lecture "The Babylonian Plate CBS 1766" before the announcement of the winners.
Many will return to the Olympiad next school year, but for some the competition is still not over. In July, Portugal will be present at the International Mathematical Olympiads, which will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In September, the CPLP Olympiad will take place in São Tomé and Príncipe and Portugal will be a co-organizer of the Ibero-American Mathematics Olympiads along with Spain. Monte Gordo and La Rábida are the cities that host the event. All the winners of categories A and B can be selected to integrate the teams that will represent Portugal in these competitions.
The OPM is organized by the Portuguese Mathematical Society in partnership with the University of Coimbra Department of Mathematics, and are supported by the Ministry of Education, Ciência Viva, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, NOVO BANCO and Pathena.
About the Math Olympics (PMO)
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.
34th Portuguese Mathematics Olympics
It was a true marathon, one that 40 thousand pupils from all over the country began a few months ago, during the first elimination round of the 34th Portuguese Mathematical Olympiad (PMO). 20th March last was a banner day for more than 90 olympians who, after lots of training and dedication, secured a spot in the national finals of the 34th PMO, and eagerly and enthusiastically lived out each minute of the prize award ceremony, which took place in the Luis de Freitas Branco High School, in Paço de Arcos, Oeiras.
In a competition that is still male-dominated, it is worth the two medals (one silver and the other bronze) which were won by Inês Guimarães (Riva D’Ave) and Maria Matilde Silva (Coimbra) in the B category, the most demanding one of the competition
The ceremony was graced by the presence of Henrique Leitão, winner of the 2014 Pessoa Prize, who won over all ages alike with his presentation on the “maths of the calendar.”
Many will return to the Olympiad next school year, but for some the competition is still not over. Next July, Portugal will be represented at the International Mathematical Olympiad, which will take place in Hong Kong, and, in September, at the Ibero-American Mathematical Olympiad, to be held in Chile. All of the A and B category prize winners classify for sought-after (but limited) places on the teams that will represent Portugal at these competitions.
The PMO is organized by the Portuguese Mathematical Society in partnership with the University of Coimbra Department of Mathematics, and are supported by the Ministry of Education, Ciência Viva, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, NOVO BANCO and Pathena. This edition was also supported by the Luis de Freitas Branco High School, the Oeiras Town Council, Texas Instruments, Moche, Gradiva, ASA and by the newspaper Público.
Calendar for the 2015/2016 Olympiads:
17th to 20th March 2016: National Finals - Luis de Freitas Branco High School, Paço de Arcos
6th to 16th July 2016International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) - Hong Kong
September 2016: Ibero-American Mathematical Olympiad (IAMO) – Chile