|Since 1996, the Mathematical Kangaroo test (also known as International Mathematical Kangaroo or Kangourou sans frontières), has been held in Catalonia. It is an international mathematical competition driven by the international association Le Kangourou sans Frontières and it is organized in over 70 countries around the world. Here, it is led by the Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques (SCM) with the will of encouraging and motivating a large majority of students.
This year it will be held on 15 March (always on the third Thursday of March) and our school will be one of the hosts, which means that students of other schools will come to ours in order to compete in this international test. The first edition in Catalonia was held in 1996 with 1,000 students and 100 schools, but this year over 100,000 catalans students have been enrolled.
Students from 5th primary schooling to 2nd baccalaureate can take part in it. This competition is an individual multiple choice test and the questions are based more on reasoning and ingenuity rather than specific mathematical knowledge. Students have to answer 20 or 30 close-ended questions (according to the course) and with three different difficulty levels.
Last year, 17 of our students were in the best 10% of Catalonia. A special mention should be given to Hao Zhou (he was a student of 3rd ESO), because he was in the best 0.1%.
Good luck to all participants this year!