Singapore Kangaroo Math Contest

Mathematical Kangaroo (also International Mathematical Kangaroo and Kangourou sans frontières, the original French name) is an international mathematical competition with more than 70 countries that take an active part in it.  The key competence tested by the Kangaroo is logical combination, not just pure knowledge of formulas.

The Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO) has helped many students gain more confidence in international mathematics contests and over 70 students have competed in prestigious competitions in the last 2 years and won international honours.

Math Kangaroo contest content is similar to Singapore’s Mathematics Curriculum.  Problems require creativity, logical thinking and challenge students to look at problems from a different perspective.

History of KMC

1980  – Peter O’Holloran, a math teacher at Sydney, started a math competition in Australian schools. The contest, which was known as the Australian Mathematical National contest, was a tremendous success.

1991 –  Two French teachers, André Deledicq and Jean Pierre Boudine, decided to start a competition in France under the name “ Kangaroo ” ( or Kangourou in French ) to pay tribute to their Australian friends. In the first few years, the contest grew until more than 20 European countries participated. The countries jointly formed the Association Kangourou sans Frontieres (AKSF) (Association of Kangaroo Without Borders).

1993 –  The Board members of AKSF convened a European meeting in Paris. They were impressed by the steadily increasing number of participants in the French Kangourou competition. Other countries decided to adopt the same contest scheme : Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia and Spain. The Kangaroo remains popular in these countries.

1994 –  At the European Council meeting in Strasbourg, the delegates of 10 European countries decided to formally incorporate the AKSF with an elected Board of 6 members and legal Statutes.

1995 – The association was registered in Paris.

1996 – All country members participated in the organization of the Annual General Assembly of AKSF. Membership have grown to include countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

2014 – Singapore was unanimously elected to join the AKSF in 2014.
At the annual AKSF meeting in Puerto Rico,  Excel League was appointed as the country representative to run the pilot 2015 contest.

The objectives of SMKC

  • To popularize mathematical enrichment activities among students and teachers in Singapore.
  • To allow students to achieve certification and recognition from an internationally prominent educational body. Students are then able to include the SMKC certificate in their portfolio to strengthen their application for universities and scholarships.
  • To expose students to interesting math problems which are designed by internationally renowned math educators.
  • To allow students to apply their knowledge in Mathematics that they learned in school

Why is SMKC different from other competitions?

  • SMKC is a unique competition, different from the other math competitions such as math Olympiad.
  • SMKC syllabus is less advanced that other Olympiad competitions, and students can compete without any special training or advanced knowledge.
  • SMKC syllabus is commonly relevant to the Singapore school syllabus and focuses on applying to thinking skills and using math concepts learnt to solve 2 or more steps non routine problems
  • SMKC caters to all students from Primary 1 to Junior College 2/Polytechnics by having six different categories with differing levels of difficulty.