Winter / Hiver 2017 17 esting mathematical concepts. Students, teachers, and parents love the problems. They are selected from a larger set of problems proposed by the participating countries each year. Representatives from all countries make the selection during the annual meeting of the international associ- ation. Finally, countries are authorized, for reasons justified by the char- acteristics of their school curricula, to make specific changes in the sets. The following sample problem [2014, grade 5-6 paper] was solved cor- rectly by only 11% of the students in grade 5 and 17% of those in grade 6: “It takes Ben 30 minutes to cut a long log of wood into six pieces. How long does it take him to cut another log of wood into nine pieces? (A) 40 (B) 44 (C) 45 (D) 48 (E) 54.” The CMKC contest was offered by 48 institutions in 2017, with a total number of participants 5274. The number of participants per grade also increased in 2017. The number of boys outnumbered the number girls. There is potential for attracting even more participants in many regions. CMKC is constantly seeking ways to expand the contest and its programs, aiming to reach more participants and volunteers across the country. CMKC will work with other organizations to attract more girls to participate in the CMKC programs. Training activities l Math clubs (also known as math circles) and training sessions: Math clubs aim to challenge and stimulate students with advanced and entertaining mathematical topics, and to prepare students for national and international competitions such as the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest. A core purpose of the clubs is to meet the edu- cational needs of students who require math challenges beyond the regular school curriculum. Students who learn advanced math have better grades in school, and become better prepared for more rigor- ous math in high schools and universities. The clubs provide fun, friendly and welcoming places for students to interact with peers who are also interested in math. This is often difficult to achieve in a conventional classroom as there are different interests and abil- ities. The math clubs offer students ample opportunities to learn from each other and support each other in their math journey. l International competitions and training: Students have partici- pated in international mathematics competitions in Asia and Eur- ope. The training classes prepared students for these contests, and the improved scores boosted their interest and motivated them to work harder. Representing Alberta and Canada in international contests is also an experience that students treasure for a lifetime. Workshops and math and science fairs l TISP workshops to K-12 teachers and students: Promotion of math and science-related activities for the public are facilitated by the IEEE and CMKC through special sessions bringing together interactive, hands-on science and engineering experiences. An example would be the IEEE TISP activities held with the purpose of showing how mathematics, science, and engineering are related. l Coding workshops bringing computer science to local school or district: IEEE TISP and Math Kangaroo Edmonton hosted two Hour of Code workshops for students, teachers, and parents in November 2016. The workshops were attended by approximately 160 people. Hour of Code https://code.org/ and EU Code Week http://codeweek.eu/ websites con- tain great resources. l Math and science fairs: The Math Fairs are non-competitive events where students can solve a variety of math and logic puzzles at their own pace. Hosting a Math Fair during math club sessions helps students do problem solving with a goal in mind. IEEE Northern Canada Section also supports Edmonton Regional Science Fair providing opportunities for students to build a life-long love of scientific discovery and learning. Besides an improvement in grades and contest scores, students who receive training also develop mathematical and critical thinking, which in turn fosters problem-solving skills, creativity, confidence, attention to details and leadership skills. Team training in the program promotes teamwork and collaboration which are invaluable in the workplace. These skills will help students become more productive citizens and employees, thus contributing to our country’s future and economy. What is most rewarding in this work? Seeing the sparks in children’ eyes during challenging outreach experi- ence. It is great to share love and passion with others who can change the future in positive ways. 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