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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Behind the Scenes of Problem of the Week — Problem of the Week (POTW) is a resource that is designed to provide students with an ongoing opportunity to work on solving mathematics problems.
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Friday, March 15, 2024
Demystifying Solar Eclipses through Math — On April 8, 2024, the Moon's shadow will sweep across a relatively narrow strip of the Earth's surface. To be in the right place at the right time for such an event, a solar eclipse, is quite rare.
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Thursday, February 8, 2024
The growing influence of Mathematics in the Digital Era — Ian VanderBurgh, Director, the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing shares his observations on the increasing power of mathematics in the digital age.
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Friday, January 12, 2024
Embracing the Beauty of Math — There are many reasons why I love math. I love that there are often many different correct ways of getting to a solution. I love that there is, at least most of the time, an actual solution and the satisfaction of finding it.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Launch of Problems with Purpose — The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) is situated on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. As part of the University of Waterloo campus, the CEMC is located on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2023
From Markers to Supporters: Improving student's math abilities through professional growth and giving — For more than 50 years, a passionate group of mathematics educators from across Canada have been uniting to work together with the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) to provide feedback to students keen to improve their mathematical abilities via contest marking.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Celebrating the journey and successes of Edwin Anderson and Steven Furino — Two longstanding members of the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) - Edwin Anderson and Steven Furino have been named Honorary Members of the University of Waterloo at the 2023 Spring Convocation.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2023
CEMC partners with AIMS to organize a professional development conference for mathematics educators in Ghana — The Helping Teachers Teach Mathematics and Computing (HTTMC) Conference held in Ghana in January 2023 was a landmark event that brought together secondary school mathematics educators in a hybrid format.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Remembering Ron Dunkley — It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to a true visionary and leader, Ronald (Ron) Garth Dunkley.
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Thursday, March 02, 2023
CEMC's Problem of the Week achieves a milestone of 50,000 subscribers — The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), housed in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo begins 2023 with a milestone achievement.
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Monday, February 07, 2022
Helping girls in Ghana lead the charge in mathematics and technology — An international collaboration in Ghana is sparking excitement among students and educators about the future of STEM.
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Friday, October 08, 2021
Team Canada Excels at Inaugural European Girls' Olympiad in Informatics – The European Girls’ Olympiad in Informatics (EGOI) held its inaugural competition this year in Zurich, Switzerland. Created by women for women, EGOI brings young women together from around the world who have a passion for competitive programming.
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Monday, June 07, 2021
Notes from the MMT – At our Spring 2021 Convocation, the CEMC will be celebrating our 500th MMT graduate. Congratulations to all of our June graduates, it has been a year to remember!

Any prospective MMT students interested in being part of a future convocation celebration should note that the application deadline for Fall 2021 admission is June 15, 2021.

Monday, February 22, 2021
MMT Scholarships for Fall 2021 — The CEMC’s Master of Mathematics for Teachers (MMT) has two scholarship programs for its Fall 2021 intake. For more details and the submission deadline, please see Agibcona Award and MMT Indigenous Scholarship.-

Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests — Fall 2020 looked very different to everyone, but we were pleased that we could still offer our Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests (CSMC/CIMC). We would like to acknowledge the amazing work that teachers and parents did to assist students in preparing for and writing these contests.
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Monday, July 20, 2020
New MMT Scholarships — The CEMC’s Master of Mathematics for Teachers (MMT) launched two new scholarship programs for its Fall 2020 intake: the MMT Indigenous Scholarships and the Agibcona Scholarship.
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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Online Tools for Learning at Home — We have developed CEMC at Home to support teachers, students and parents during these challenging times. This initiative is in addition to other popular and free existing resources including CEMC courseware, Problem of the Week and CS Circles.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
CEMC by the numbers – How many students write our contests in a single year? How long do they take to mark? Some fun rough numbers illustrate the scope of our contests, workshops and resources.
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Monday, Sept 09, 2019
New! Grade 9 to 11 Courseware –We have expanded our collection of free online resources with the launch of courseware covering Grades 9 through 11. The materials feature lessons, interactive activities, enrichment challenges, and unlimited opportunity for practice with feedback.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
CEMC by the numbers – How many students write our contests in a single year? How long do they take to mark? Some fun rough numbers illustrate the scope of our contests, workshops and resources.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
The CEMC Receives the 2018 Adrien Pouliot Award 
We are the proud recipients of the 2018 Adrien Pouliot Award. This award is in recognition of "significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education in Canada." It is shared by our team of approximately 40 faculty and staff and our hundreds of volunteers who help us deliver high quality resources and activities.
Full Story... Canadian Mathematical Society

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Sharing a passion for math problems
How many times has a young person asked, “Why do I have to learn math? Does it really matter?” Tom Higgins would say it matters a lot. “Math is fundamental to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges – food sustainability, clean water, climate change and national security,” says Higgins, now retired after a career in trading and finance.
Full Story... University of Waterloo Magazine

Monday, May 14, 2018
Canadian Team Math Contest in Lambton-Kent – Teams representing eleven schools recently spent a day at the Sarnia board office. The day began with an introduction to cryptography and data compression from the CEMC. Then students competed following the format of our Canadian Team Math Contest. Organizer Brian McBain says "It’s finally giving us a chance to bring our brightest math kids together and give them a chance to show off, and show how much they actually know,” 
Full Story... The Observer

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Waterloo encourages high school girls to Think About Math!
–At 14, Mubina Chunari hadn’t chosen her dream job, but she knew she loved math.
Now, almost a decade after Mubina participated in our Think About Math! workshop as a student, she’s come back to pay it forward as an alumna.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018
ACM recognizes Professor Troy Vasiga as a 2017 Senior Member – The Association for Computing Machinery has named Professor Troy Vasiga as an ACM Senior Member. Troy has played a key role in the CEMC for many years especially as a champion of our computing activities. He is the Director of the Canadian Computing Competition, Leader of Canada’s team at the International Olympiad in Informatics and chief architect of the Beaver Computing Challenge.
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From the Archives of the CEMC – In honour of the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Mathematics, at the beginning of each month of 2017, a set of five problems from the 54 years of CEMC contests will be posted. Solutions to the problems will be posted at the beginning of the next month. Hopefully, these problems will intrigue and inspire your mathematical mind.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
CEMC Launches Free CS Courseware – As educators struggle to expand digital literacy globally and U.S. President Obama announces a $4-billion Computer Science for All initiative, we have developed free online courseware that will teach people computer science and programming skills. It’s free to use, doesn’t require registration to access, and has minimal software requirements.
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Monday, June 15, 2015
The CEMC thanks its many volunteer markersLearn about our marking sessions in this video.
Over 220 000 students register to write our mathematics contests each year. Thousands of these students participate in contests that involve writing out full solutions. Marking all of these would not be possible without the incredible energy, enthusiasm and support of hundreds of volunteer markers.

Friday, June 5, 2015
CEMC Wins NSERC Award for Science Promotion – We are thrilled to have been honoured with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Award for Science Promotion.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
CEMC mathematics courseware – What is it? – An open and online teaching and learning platform. On-screen text with synchronized audio and interactive investigations teach the concepts from Grade 12 Advanced Functions (Pre-Calculus) and Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors. Quizzes giving instant feedback, exercises, and enrichment and extension questions help consolidate learning. No login or special software is needed.
When?Where? The majority of the resouces for each course are now available.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ready, set, calculate – bright minds face off – Eyes on paper, pencils in hand and calculators ready, high school students silently anticipate the command. Go! Papers rustle across the lecture hall. This is it. Eight minutes to glory.
Full Story... The Record

Thursday, January 9, 2014
CEMC Partnership in The Gambia – Through a partnership with the CEMC, the Youth Care Foundation recently opened a new secondary school in The Gambia. Students in this West African community will now have more options to continue their studies.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Math With Mike – Mike Miniou joined our Faculty recently as the Mathematics Liaison and Outreach Officer. In this new role, he has been visiting high schools and talking to students about "Mathematics in the Real World".
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Monday, November 26, 2012
CEMC around the world – We interact with students and teachers around the world. Our contest participants, workshop attendees, online resource users and volunteers come from every corner of the globe.
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CEMC around the world

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Workshop builds confidence in girls who like mathematics – Taking the guts of a computer apart isn't a task Kelcey Moore has ever done before.
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Monday, May 7, 2012
Bruce White Atrium Dedication – Retired high school math teacher Bruce White has been an enthusiastic supporter of the CEMC in many ways for several decades. Now, thanks to the generosity of one of his former students, Dr. White’s inspiration of many thousands of math students has been recognized in a very special way.
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Tuesday, January 2, 2012
Math contest preparation workshops underway – If six people need to cross a river, two at a time, but one has to make the return trip each time, how long will it take for all of them to cross?

Friday, August 5, 2011
Canada Wins 4 Medals at IOI 2011 – Each of the four Canadian participants brought home a medal from the 23rd International Olympiad of Informatics held in Pattaya City, Thailand.
Full story...CEMC News Release

Friday, July 22, 2011
Canadian team arrives in Thailand for IOI 2011 – Four Toronto–area students have arrived in Pattaya City, Thailand to represent Canada at the 23rd International Olympiad of Informatics from July 22-28.
Full story...CEMC News Release

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Teen Mathletes Do Battle at Algorithm Olympics – International Olympiad of Informatics held in August at the University of Waterloo nurtured by top tech companies. Students invent and code their own ad hoc algorithms in just five hours.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
World's elite programming students gather in Waterloo for the 22nd international Olympiad – IOI challenges competitors from 81 countries to demonstrate cutting edge problem solving.
Full Story...Canada NewsWire

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Girls getting hooked on computers –It's no secret that when the dot-com bubble burst it also made a dent in student enrollment in computer science programs across Canada. While the situation is improving, attracting women remains a challenge.
Full Story ...UofC UToday

Monday, May 31, 2010
New math grad program aimed at teachers –A moment of affirmation came to Brian Forrest last April, during an event at Waterloo's Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. He had just given a well-received talk on the proposed new Master of Mathematics for Teachers (MMT) program to a group of 200 high school teachers.
Full Story ...UWaterloo Daily Bulletin

Monday, May 10, 2010
At Think About Math, fun is the common denominator –For many high school students struggling to give meaning to abstract mathematical concepts, math is something to endure rather than love. But for 40 Grade 9 girls who attend Waterloo’s annual Think About Math! conference, they discover that math will actually help them land a successful career.
Full story ...UWaterloo News Release

Friday, April 16, 2010
Canada's brightest math students train at Waterloo for Olympiad gold – Canada's top students in computer science will attend a week-long training camp next month at the University of Waterloo in preparation for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) to held August 14-21 at Waterloo.
Full story ...Exchange Magazine

Friday, March 5, 2010
Secret Life of Girls: Making a mark in math – Ask Mubina Chunara how to solve a high school algebra equation and chances are she will come up with the solution lickety-split.
But ask the 15-year-old Brampton student about the range of career choices she might have as a math major and the answers haven't always come as easily.
Full Story ...Toronto Star

Monday, January 25, 2010
CEMC Expands Mathematics Outreach to The Gambia in West Africa –The agreement with the Youth Care Foundation (YCF) includes five years of support to help facilitate...
Full story ... - CEMC News Release

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Top Class: GOMC discovers young mathematicians –The Great Olympiad Mathematics Competitions (GOMC) held from November 19 to December 22 at the Youth Care Foundation in Churchill's town ...
Full story... - DAILY OBSERVER Forward with The Gambia

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Computer science students capture medals at Bulgaria IOI – Four high school students represented Canada well at the twenty-first International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in August.
Full story... - CEMC News Release

Thursday, June 11, 2009
Math competition training ground for future “Mathletes” - Third grader Debora Kezia seemed relaxed before the International Mathematics Competitions held in Sevilla School in East Jakarta, where she was due to face her older sister, Christa Lorenzia, 12, in solving 7th grade level math problems.
Full story... - The Jakarta Post

Monday, June 8, 2009
Teen math whiz scores perfection — When he was in kindergarten, Braden Cok drilled his times tables "just for fun."
Full story... - The Record (Subscription required)

Monday, June 8, 2009
University of Waterloo, Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing – Held a "Seminar in Computer Science for Young Women" in late May.
Full story... - UWaterloo Daily Bulletin

June 2009
Math buoyed by high school links – Waterloo is leading the way in attracting math students aided by the work done at the Centre for Education in Math and Computing (CEMC).
Full story... - UWaterloo News Release

Monday, April 27, 2009
University of Waterloo hosts Think About Math conference to boost girls’ interest in mathematics – The University of Waterloo will host the inaugural Think About Math conference this week to boost girls' interest in mathematics and increase the number of women pursuing math-related careers.
Full story... - UWaterloo News Release

Friday, March 13, 2009
Divide and conquer – The folk at University of Waterloo are spreading the gospel of math.
Full story... - The Record (Subscription required)

Friday, March 9, 2009
Girls who really count – If you're a girl in Grade 9 with at least a 70 per cent average in math, the University of Waterloo wants you.
Full story... - Toronto Star

Saturday, January 24, 2009
A meeting of the minds – Four hundred of the best young computer scientists in the world will converge on University of Waterloo next year when it hosts the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics.
Full story... - The Record (Subscription required)

Tuesday, April 18, 2008
Thousands will write University of Waterloo mathematics competitions this week – University of Waterloo's Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) administers the contests to help students develop their skills and knowledge.
Full story... - Exchange Magazine

Spring, 2008
Multiplying Excitement About Math – Zhe Qu loves math and it shows.
Full story... - UWaterloo Office of Alumni Affairs

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Math whiz wins spot at Gates speech – Bill Gates would like 16-year-old Joanne Toporowski.
Full story... - The Record (Subscription required)

November 2007
Gates gift for math and CS outreach — University of Waterloo will greatly expand Canada's largest youth outreach program in mathematics and computer science.
Full story... - UWaterloo Daily Bulletin

Friday, July 27, 2007
Canada's brightest young math minds gather at University of Waterloo for 42nd annual seminar - Some of the brightest math students from high schools across Canada are honing their skills this week as University of Waterloo hosts the 42 annual Canadian Mathematics Competition Seminar.
Full story... - Exchange Magazine

Tuesday, August 29, 2006
High school olympiad coming to University of Waterloo – The mathematics faculty happily announced yesterday that Waterloo has been picked to host the International Olympiad of Informatics.
Full story... - UWaterloo Daily Bulletin