4th Singapore International Mathematics Challenge (SIMC) 2014


Applying Mathematics to Land Transport Challenges

The Ministry of Education, together with the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science (NUS High School) will host the 4th Singapore International Mathematics Challenge (SIMC) 2014 from 26 to 30 May 2014. SIMC is a biennial team-based mathematical modelling challenge which brings together students between the ages of 14 and 18 from around the globe to apply mathematics creatively to solve problems.

The theme for SIMC, ‘Experior. Expono. Excedo’ (“Experience. Expound. Exceed”) aims to get young talents to engage in their passion for mathematics and spur them to achieve greater heights in the field of mathematics. This year, students all over the world will solve a series of mathematical modelling challenges on land transport crafted by educators and researchers from our partnering organisations. Participants will embark on a learning journey at the Land Transport Authority of Singapore before they are given the challenge question. Started in 2008, the number of participating schools tripled to 60 from 28 countries and regions (Please refer to Annex for participating schools). The new additions this year are schools from Canada, Denmark, India, Laos, Nepal and South Africa. With the highest number of participating countries to date, SIMC 2014 will create opportunities for students and educators to interact with their counterparts from all over the world, paving way for future collaboration in the area of mathematics.

Dr. Imre Leader, Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, will officiate the opening ceremony on 26 May 2014. He is also the Chief Judge for this year’s challenge. Mr. Wong Siew Hoong, Deputy Director-General of Education (Curriculum) at the Ministry of Education, will officiate the closing ceremony on 30 May 2014.

Dr Hang Kim Hoo, Principal of NUS High School and Chairman of the SIMC Organising Committee highlighted the importance of building confidence and skills to in our students to deal with today’s problems where the solutions may not be obvious. He said, “The aim of SIMC is to bring talented young minds in mathematics from all over the world together to pit their skills against one another in solving challenging applied mathematical problems. Six years since its inception, this objective has certainly not lost its relevance and in fact has become more significant than ever before. Our students are living in a more challenging world — a VUCA world — one of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. In such an environment, students need to have the confidence to deal with problem situations where a solution is not immediately obvious. Hence, through SIMC, we hope to equip our students to solve a wide range of practical, real-life problems using mathematical modelling.”

More details on SIMC 2014 is available online at simc.nushigh.edu.sg.