THE YOUNG MATHEMATICAL STORY AUTHORS (YMSA)
The Young Mathematical Story Author (YMSA) competition is an annual international competition set up to encourage young mathematics learners (8-13 years old) from around the world to embed their mathematics learning in a meaningful and engaging context through creating their own mathematical story picture book. This competition is organised by MathsThroughStories.org.
- Ability to embed a chosen mathematical concept in a meaningful context;
- Ability to show how characters' knowledge of the chosen mathematical topic can help them solve a problem(s);
- Ability to represent mathematical topics contextually (in words to describe meaningful contexts in which a chosen mathematical topic is embedded in), visually (via page illustrations), and symbolically (via using correct mathematical symbols, notations and language);
- Accuracy of mathematical concepts presented in the story;
- Ability to come up with an engaging plot and story;
- Gender and ethnicity balance in characters;
- Overall presentation and standard of writing (e.g. the use of punctuation, spelling, etc.)
In addition to Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Founder of MathsThroughStories.org and Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Reading, UK), our judging panel also includes two of the world's most prolific and best-selling mathematical story authors, Stuart J. Murphy and Cindy Neuschwander.
This year, we received entries from 262 students across 25 schools in six countries around the world.
Details of the next competition can be found here.