The Portuguese Math Olympics, organised every year by the Portuguese Society for Mathematics, are a contest of mathematical problem solving targeting students of the 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic education, and secondary education students, with the aim of encouraging and developing a liking for Mathematics.
The contest consists of a set of problems that mainly appeal to the student’s reasoning powers, creativity and imagination. One of the objectives is the early detection of scientific vocations, particularly in mathematics. In fact, the organisers are glad to see that many of the winners of previous editions of the PMO have embarked on careers in science 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.
The XXXV edition of the Portuguese Math Olympics (2016/2017) has its national final scheduled from 05 to 08 April 2017, at the Emídio Navarro High School in Viseu, where 90 students from all over the country will be present.
Calendar of the 2016/2017 Olympiads:
April 5 to 8, 2017: National Final - Emídio Navarro High School, Viseu
July 2017: International Mathematical Olympiads - Brazil
July 2017: CPLP Mathematics Olympiads - Portugal
September 2017: Ibero-American Mathematical Olympiads - Argentina
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