The purpose of the IM2C is to promote the teaching of mathematical modeling and applications at all educational levels for all students. It is based on the firm belief that students and teachers need to experience the power of mathematics to help better understand, analyse and solve real world problems outside of mathematics itself – and to do so in realistic contexts. The Challenge has been established in the spirit of promoting educational change, since there are few such competitions at school level.
It is a team competition, over several days, allowing any inanimate resources and requiring a combination of types of maths. Real problems require a mix of different kinds of mathematics for their analysis and solution, and real problems take time and teamwork. The IM2C provides students with a deeper experience both of how mathematics can explain our world and what working with mathematics looks like.
The contest invites countries to choose up to two teams of up to four students with one teacher/faculty advisor. The contest will begin in mid-March and end on early-May. During that time teams choose five consecutive days to work together on the problem. All solutions must be sent in by the faculty advisor, who must certify that the students followed the rules of the contest. Papers will be judged in early June by the international expert panel and winners announced by late-June. Papers will be designated as Outstanding, Meritorious, Honorable Mention, and Successful Participant with appropriate plaques and certificates given in the name of students their advisor and their schools.
The 2020 International Mathematical Modeling Challenge, IM2C dates are set for March 9 - May 22, 2020.
For more information visit the official website here.
Two teams of up to four students are allowed per country, so students may have to pass selection rounds; papers are designated as Outstanding, Meritorious, Honorable Mention, and Successful Participant
No costs; the contest is completed in participants' own schools
Students should have a very good knowledge of maths and modelling
Coaching or preparing teams is highly recommended