FAQ

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How many students can an institution enter?

The initial qualifier Recall Of Core Key Skills (ROCKS) round is online, and so as many as you would like to! Some students then receive an individual Silver Ticket to participate in a regional stage a month or so later. Some of these rounds are in teams of three (the most suitable number for maximum teamwork and learning engagement) and after registration, friends can enter a unique mutual codeword to indicate they would like to be in the same Communication team. Institution’s may purchase a set number of Silver Tickets during the ROCKS qualifying round.

Can I enter as an individual?

Yes.
The initial qualifier Recall Of Core Key Skills (ROCKS) round is individual entry online. Some students then receive an individual Silver Ticket to participate in a regional stage a month or so later. Some of these rounds are in teams of three (the most suitable number for maximum teamwork and learning engagement) and after registration, friends can enter a unique mutual codeword to indicate they would like to be in the same Communication team.

How are teachers/parents involved in the WMC?

No involvement necessary at the Qualifier stage stage. For Regional stages in school venues, host teachers run the rounds in a way that suits the venue best. For visiting teams, there needs to be at least 1 adult adjudicator for every 9 participants; all must be employed by the institution and confirmed to be permitted to work with children.

What is the age limit to enter a Championships®?

We believe differentiation for learning should be based upon experience and exposure to concepts. We therefore have the age guide at each level within The Experience page.

How many rounds are there?

The WMC Qualifier is one multi-choice online round. Then:For Senior and Junior level, remote/regionals currently have 9 rounds across 2-days: 3 Collaboration rounds are sat in new-friends teams of three, 3 Communication rounds in existing-friends teams of three and 3 Challenge rounds are sat as individuals!
The Finals lasts for 5-6 days, have an extra 3 rounds sat in Cooperation teams, which are randomly selected.For Secondary level, Regionals are 2 individual online rounds and Finals are 9 rounds. For Primary level, Regionals are 2 individual online rounds and Finals are 4 rounds across 1-day.

Is it more competitive, collaborative or challenging?

All three in equal measure. While there exists a healthy competitive spirit throughout, emphasis is on providing opportunities to build friendships with peers from other parts of the world; this is emphasized through the Collaboration category. Subject-specific knowledge becomes a higher standard in the Finals, so all participants should learn and grow from the Qualifiers, towards the Finals which are comprised of participants amongst their 'best in subject' in their home community. The emphasis within every Regional and Finals is on networking, engagement and celebrating learning.

What are the prizes to be won?

Intrinsic contentment that one is engaged and giving their fullest is the most rewarding prize possible. From a physical tangible perspective, certificates are awarded after Qualifiers, along with a finite number of Silver Tickets for a Regional. Within this stage, at Senior and Junior level, those who perform well are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each of the 6 categories, and all participants receive a transcript with a breakdown of their achievement in each category and round. The better performing individuals in all Regionals receive Golden Tickets to the next Finals. This ‘best of the best’ Championships is usually spread across 5-6 days, hosted within the University of Melbourne.

What does the participation fee include?

Access to engage in all rounds for the stage entered for. For Regionals within a host venue, any extra costs are entirely between the hosts and you. This usually includes all of the food and activities for both days of it. In some venues it may also include accomodation, and/or transfers from/to transport hubs too.

What competition subjects are there?

Please let us know which subjects you would like and what involvement you will offer to help make them happen! We currently only offer Mathematics and Computing, although we do have a few other subjects in the planning stage to hopefully introduce soon.

I am part of a regional network of institutions and need to organise an event, can you help us?

Yes definitely! Contact us for a chat...

How do I opt out of mailings from Eunoia Ventures®?

This will not happen as we do not solicit interest in competition stages through sending generic emails. When you have registered as the main organiser for a competition, you do of course receive logistical updates about that event and a summary communication soon afterwards. If you wish for your account to be deleted (it is needed because of autobots), just email us from said account with the mail title: OPT OUT and we will remove that email account from the site.

I am considering being a host venue, what will it involve from us?

You only really need to do what you would like to do, this is mainly logistical planning and execution to showcase your institution to your guests. You don't have to do:
Participant registration/payment admin
Medals and transcripts
Write the questions for the rounds
Pay for anything directly relating the the rounds of the regional - just for your own provisions, for which you choose if you’d like to bill your guests for.

This said, if your institution would prefer to take on some of these chores, then we are open to discuss this!

What's in it for me and my institution?

You will showcase your establishment as a World Mathematics Championships® regional venue and such will be recognised on our main homepage.
Photos will always be recognised in our past venues gallery too!
This is a fantastic and unique professional development opportunity for up-and-coming leaders, academic support and subject specific teams to grow in this developmental area of forward-thinking assessment.

You can get significant social credit for comparatively little input.
The possibility for more of your students to enjoy some rounds independently and concurrently.
You may be offered the opportunity to be a guest in a subsequent regional competition.
Discounted participation can be discussed AND as many of your students as you can independently cater for may enjoy the Strategy and Challenge category rounds concurrently. They can also receive an attainment transcript each.

Which levels of competition could I offer?

We encourage hosts to offer just one.
Mathematics Senior: ~age 16-19
Mathematics Junior: ~age 13-16
Mathematics Secondary: ~age 11-13
Mathematics Primary: ~age 9-11

Which dates can my regional be on?

Choose 2 consecutive days (weekends minimise normal school disruption) and we can discuss the feasibility of possible dates within the month your desired level regional is happening.
If you are a boarding school and considering being a sustainable partner, then it is most sensible to choose a holiday time when the boarding house is not being used.

How many participants can I host?

As many as you'd like! We believe a competition level between 90-180 children has the best overall dynamics.
All teams contain 3 members.
Host institutions choose to enter a set number of teams and visitors should not then exceed this number.
Visiting institutions need to bring at least 1 adult adjudicator with each 9 children.

What rooms and hall spaces do we need to have?

Approximately:

Opening welcome: usually in a large hall/conference room
Regional rounds: Usually in an auditorium/sports hall/classrooms.
Gala Celebration: usually in a large hall/conference room.

Where will everyone stay for the night between the days?

Basically, you decide what the most appropriate arrangement will be, it depends upon your location and the local demand. Ideally, they will stay at home. If there are not enough local participants, then some institutions may travel, and so this is easiest in your residential block during a time when it is vacated.
Alternatively, it will be in the nearest hotel style accommodation. To satisfy most school risk assessments for this type of trip, accommodation must be at least 3* international standard.

How will everybody move between locations?

Appropriate transportation within the regional needs to be provided by you. Arrival and departure from the whole event is decided in conjunction with your accommodation provision.

What about a guest speaker?

You decide what value this would bring. On the registration form we ask visiting adult adjudicators if they have anything mathematical/teaching they would like to offer. From these responses any student lecture and/or collaborative sharing of resources times are usually quickly filled-up. That said, some hosts prefer to hire in a 'big name' and have them involved throughout their institution for the whole week.

What and where will everyone eat?

You need to choose appropriate food for both the location and number of participants. Allergies/dietary requirements etc must be considered. It is wise to consider the following:
Snacks for the mornings
Lunch during the full days
Evening meals, including the grander Gala celebration, the final activity of the event.

What about receiving the actual question rounds?

We write and provide six of the rounds that must be used, either online or on paper, this is for us to agree. You may choose your level of involvement in making the Duel, Inspiration and Innovation rounds unique to your venue, or use ones we provide.
A different adult adjudicator being the lead invigilator for each round is preferable.
It is also appropriate to include local cultural within the opening welcome activity.

What will my Regional schedule be like?

We have a schedule template and the global online schedule follows this schedule across the 2 days. You may make minor edits, as long as we consider it to be manageable and appropriate.

What about a participant welcome pack?

We can agree what you would like to source and what you would like us to provide. They often include things like:
Name tag and lanyard (inserts generated by us)
Programme (you just create a few of the pages and we do the rest)
t-shirt/Hoodie
Water bottle
CapThis said, we are very mindful about our carbon footprint and are actively considering ways to minimise this.

What about photography and videography during the Regional?

You will need a school club and/or staff member(s) who can provide this, they will also have an account to upload into your specific regional gallery link on our homepage.

What about our institution partners and sponsorship?

You may gather your own extra sponsors and use their donations as you wish, but all advertising materials must be smaller than that of our longer-term partnerships; you need to include our logo on all publicity materials.

Are there minimum participation requirements for the Regional to go ahead?

To keep it viable and sustainable, an agreed upon minimum number of participating teams must be registered two months before the Regional is planned to happen, for it to go ahead.

How many students can an institution enter?

As the WCC is remotely hosted, we are not enforcing a limit on the number of students that can take part in a WCC contest. Students may register as individuals or through their schools. (In the future, we may organise final rounds in person, which will impose the same limits as the WMC)

How many competitions are there in each WCC cycle?

The WCC organises four contests every year, in October, December, February and April. We encourage students to attend as many competitions as they can, as each one is another opportunity to practise programming skills.

What is the age limit to enter the WCC?

In the 2020-2021 cycle, the WCC is only offered at Junior Level, which is intended for students from ages 13 - 16. The lower limit is a guideline to ensure students have gained enough experience to understand our questions, while the upper limit is an enforced limit.

We believe differentiation for learning should be based upon experience and exposure to concepts rather than physical age. We therefore have the limits as described in the answer above. Youths need to be in the specified school Grade/Year or equivalent during the month of the Preliminary or Qualifier that they are participating in. If that month is during the school long holidays, they are still considered to be in the Grade/Year they have just completed.

How many competition question rounds are there?

The WCC Contests currently have six rounds, which have been categorised into 5 categories. You can read more about our rounds here

Is it more competitive, collaborative or challenging?

All three in equal measure. While there exists a healthy competitive spirit throughout, emphasis is on providing opportunities to build friendships with your peers; this is emphasized through the Team category. Subject-specific knowledge is required to be of a very high standard. All participating youths need to have adequate programming knowledge.

What do the winners of a WCC contest get?

Each of the 6 rounds are ranked and individuals have their 6 ranks summed. Those who perform well are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates in each of the 5 categories. All youths recieve a transcript with a breakdown of their achievement in each category and round.

In the future, we hope to invite the better performing individuals in WCC contests to an in-person final round.

How do I practise for the WCC?

The best source of practise is working on your computer science practical syllabus in school. Advanced participants may also take part in online competitions, such as those on CodeForces. For the Decode and Debug rounds, we've set up sample questions on our website here

What programming languages are accepted?

We keep a list of updated programming languages for each round here, along with instructions for each round.

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