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Maths Talent Quest 2011. The Maths Talent Quest (MTQ) is open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria and Tasmania .

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The Maths Talent Quest (MTQ) is open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria and Tasmania.

The MTQ aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. The focus is on the process of mathematical investigations.

What is the MTQ?

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For secondary students in Victorian students, many of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards can be addressed including:


Design, Creativity and Technology

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Thinking Processes

For Tasmanian students the Essential Learnings can be addressed through:



Social Responsibilities

Personal Futures

Why Include MTQ?

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Why Include MTQ? secondary students in

Projects and investigations cater for student diversity. They not only provide gifted and talented students with the opportunity to show their ability and to follow interests, explore and research, they also allow students from diverse backgrounds, particularly those from different cultures and from rural centres, to show how mathematics relates to their lives.

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Scenes from 2007 secondary students in

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Maths Talent Quest secondary students in

  • Who can enter?

  • How do we enter?

  • Entry formats

  • Awards

  • Getting started

  • Classroom management

  • Judging Criteria

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Who Can Enter? secondary students in

  • All students from P-12

  • Entries can be:

    - Individual

    - groups up to 6

    - classes up to 30

  • A maximum of 8 entries per year level

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How Do We Enter? secondary students in

  • Download the Information Booklet from the MAV website – this is your ‘Number 1’ source for MTQ information

  • Complete your school judging and select which entries you are submitting to the MTQ

  • Register online on the MAV website

  • Entries close Wednesday 20th July

  • Visit

    for further details

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All entries must include a log, journal secondary students in or rough workings.

Entry Formats

  • Investigation

  • Creative writing

  • Models

  • Posters

  • Technology-supported mathematics

  • Games

  • Film, video, audio tapes

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Investigations (1) secondary students in

Must include:

  • An abstract

  • Mathematical aims

  • Observations and results

  • Discussion on relevance of results

  • Conclusion

  • Log, journal or rough workings

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Investigations (2) secondary students in

  • Real world maths or mathematical situations

  • Sequential steps

  • Formulate own questions

  • Apply prior knowledge and strategies

  • Explore systematically

  • Use mathematical processes

  • Justify the results

  • Summarize the findings

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Creative Writing secondary students in

  • Essays/stories

  • Collection of poems or letters

  • Script for a play

  • Must have a cover sheet showing - mathematical aims,

    - key mathematical ideas,

    - an evaluation

  • Log, journal or rough workings

    must be included

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Models secondary students in

  • Must reinforce a mathematical principle

  • Be appropriately documented

  • No larger than 70cmx70cmx70cm

    and 10kg

  • Log, journal or rough workings must be


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Posters secondary students in

  • Sequential presentation of the maths involved

  • Be appropriately documented

  • No larger than A1 and fit a Postpak cylinder

  • Log, journal or rough workings must be


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Technology Supported secondary students in


  • Must highlight aspects of mathematics

  • Be appropriately documented including a hard copy of your project

  • Log, journal or rough workings must be


  • Windows or Macintosh on CD ROM

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Games secondary students in

  • Show development of mathematical ideas from developer and player’s perspectives

  • Appropriately documented – an evaluation of a trial.

  • Original and creative

  • Log, journal or rough workings must be


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Film, Video, Audio Tapes secondary students in

  • Must illustrate producer’s development of mathematical ideas

  • Appropriate documentation

  • Script & indexed commentary

  • No longer than 15 minutes

  • Log, journal or rough workings must be


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Awards secondary students in

  • Certificate of Participation for all

  • Encouragement – Certificate

  • Credit - Certificate

  • Distinction and High Distinction – Certificates and Book Vouchers

  • Outstanding investigations are selected to represent Victoria in National MTQ

  • Distinction, High Distinction and National Awards Presentation Ceremony- 27th October - La Trobe University, Bundoora

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To Get Started secondary students in

  • Start working with classes early

  • Give students ideas and inspiration

  • Brainstorm with students - what are their personal interests? - sports? - hobbies? - controversial questions?

  • Excursions/Camps

  • Local business or Community interests

  • National or Global issues or interests

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Classroom Management secondary students in

  • Groups or whole of class

  • MTQ vsclasswork

  • MTQ vs set project

  • One lesson per week or whole of week

  • Rewards - less formal homework

    – more time - more assistance

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(Please refer to Judging Criteria sheet secondary students in )

State Judging Criteria

  • The Judging Criteria can be downloaded from the MAV website at

  • The Judging Criteria sheet has 4 Criteria with a total of 11 categories.

  • Each category is scored as High, Medium, Low or Not Evident.

  • Each category receives a corresponding score of 4, 3, 2, or 0.

  • The highest possible score is 44.

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( secondary students in Please refer to Judging Criteria sheet)

State Judging Criteria

  • Communication

    4 categories

    2. Understanding

    4 categories

  • Ideas & Resources

    2 categories

    4. Presentation

    1 category

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Why Include MTQ? secondary students in

  • Interest

  • Explore

  • Create

  • Question

  • Communicate

  • Think

  • Solve problems

  • Collaborate

  • Time management

  • Design

  • Success

  • Rewards

  • Real Life/Meaningful

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Mathematics secondary students in , not presentation or multimedia

expertise,forms the basis of judging


Topics must be age appropriate

Demonstrate mathematical knowledge

Have evidence of how student/group/class

has investigated topic

Integrated piece of work

Context in which project developed

Student ownership

Acknowledgement of support

Notes from

National Judges

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Judging runs from 8 secondary students in th-14th August at the State Judging Centre La Trobe University, Bundoora

Judging Requirements

  • It is compulsory for each metropolitan school to provide a minimum of two hours judging

  • Where schools have more than five entries, an extra two hours of judging must be provided for every five extra entries or part thereof

  • Regional schools are encouraged to participate in judging

  • Judges who are independent of schools are also encouraged to participate in judging

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For Further Information secondary students in

  • Download the General Information Booklet, the Student Information and the Judging Rubric from the MAV, MTQ website

  • Refer to the Questions and Answer section on MAV, MTQ website

  • Speak to the MTQ coordinators at [email protected] or phone 9380 2399

  • Contact MTQ coordinators regarding MTQ Teacher/School PD’s