Otago Problem Solving

Otago University Maths Problem-Solving Challenge


At Kenakena we have been focusing on delivering a school-wide maths programme where problem-solving is at the heart.


Problem Challenge is a mathematics problem solving competition aimed primarily at Intermediate School children. It is organised by members of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Otago (https://www.maths.otago.ac.nz/pc/).


Children participating in the competition attempt to answer five questions in 30 minutes on each of five problem sheets, which are done about a month apart starting in April.


The Otago University programme is well suited to what we do and our participating students do really well. Children from Years 6 to 8 are nominated by their teachers based on a recognised ability to solve demanding mathematical problems. In 2015, 55% of our students who participated achieved an Excellence award!