Wiseman Mathematics Contest Results for 2015 – 2016 Cycle

by pmnationtalk on June 3, 2016927 Views

Thirty seven First Nations students from across Canada are the latest winners of 8th National Wiseman Mathematics Contest organized by First Nations University of Canada.

The Wiseman Mathematics Contest is the first annual mathematical competition in North America developed for Aboriginal students. The purpose of the contest is to motivate young students of First Nations schools of Canada to learn Mathematics in a competitive environment.

Royce Abraham (Migizi Wazisin Elementary School, Ontario), Brandon Visitor, Carter McGregor, Drake Jacko, Ira Paibomsai (all from Shawanosowe School, Ontario), Evelyn Checkinew (Muskowekwan School, Saskatchewan), Lex Montour (Kitaskinaw School, Alberta), Logan Chookomoolin (Ma-tah-ha-mao School, Ontario), and Prudence Frogg (Mikisew School, Ontario) achieved the highest scores in their grades. Migizi Wazisin Elementary School (Ontario), Shawanosowe School (Ontario) and Mikisew School (Manitoba) received Elder Ken Goodwill Memorial Award (grades 4, 5 and 6 respectively), for the best performance.

The Wiseman Mathematics Contest was initiated as a provincial project for grade 4 and 5 students of First Nations schools. Over the years, considering the high interest in the contest, the geography and age range of participants were extended. Currently, the Wiseman Mathematics Contest is a national project for grade 4, 5, and 6 students.

Recently Regional Centre of Expertise (Saskatchewan) on Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Program has acknowledged Wiseman Mathematics Contest as an innovative project that has helped to increase the capacity for sustainable development in the Saskatchewan region and contributed to the advancement of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.

The Wiseman Mathematics Contest meets the demands of Mathematics teachers of First Nations Schools, wishing to test their students’ problem-solving skills in a competitive environment. Mathematics teachers prepare their students for the contest using the provided preparatory materials, but can also use the materials to immerse the students in alternative problem-solving, expanding on curriculum. Many teachers use the contest materials for extracurricular activities, said the Coordinator of Wiseman Mathematics Contest, Dr. Arzu Sardarli, faculty of First Nations University of Canada.

Dr. Lynn Wells, Vice-President Academic at First Nations University of Canada, acknowledges the positive impact that this annual contest has on Indigenous youth across the country:  “The Wiseman Contest engages First Nations and Metis youth in math in a way that is both fun and educational.  This experience gives Indigenous students confidence, and shows the potential for their futures.”

The complete list of top winners is enclosed.

For more information visit Wiseman Mathematics Contest page on Facebook or contact Dr. Arzu Sardarli, First Nations University of Canada, 1301 Central Ave, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, S6V 4W1.

Toll-Free: 1-800-267-6303 ext. 7338, Tel: +1 (306) 765 – 3333 ext. 7338, Fax: +1 (306) 765 – 3330;

Email: asardarli@fnuniv.ca

Dr. Arzu Sardarli
Associate Professor of Physics and Mathematics

Department of Indigenous Science, the Environment, and Economic Development
First Nations University of Canada
1301 Central Ave, Prince Albert

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