The Birth of Mathematics Olympian by the Mathematics Olympiad Team from FIST, Universiti Malaysia Pahang
National Mathematics Olympiad or better known as Olimpiad Matematik Kebangsaan (OMK) is a well-known mathematics school competition which tests students analytical and problem-solving skills in mathematics. The competition is held annually by the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society, Persatuan Sains Matematik Malaysia (PERSAMA). The selected students from the screening phase will represent Malaysia for the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO). Besides IMO, Malaysia also organized several mathematics competitions which includes, MRSM Mathematics Olympiad, Kangaroo Math Competition and Beaver Computational Thinking Competition. All of these competition stems from the fundamental knowledge of mathematics which supports the pillar of the National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) movement.
The Science program under the Faculty of Sciences & Technology Industry (FIST) is committed to supports this motion since 2012 by giving training to the school students for their preparation for various mathematics Olympiad competition. The trainers involved in 2018 are the Mathematics lecturers led by Dr. Mohd Sham bin Mohamad, Dr. Adam Shariff bin Adli Aminuddin, Dr. Nor Aida Zuraimi binti Mohd Noar and Dr. Norhafizah binti Md Sariff. They were trained by Mr. Suhaimi bin Ramly who is the experienced trainer for the IMO Malaysian team on the 17th March 2018 at Universiti Kebangssan Malaysia.
In the year of 2018 alone, 56 students and six teachers from three schools which are Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Kuantan, Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (SEMSAS), Kuantan and Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Tun Abdul Razak (MRSM TAR), Pekan were involved in the training of mathematics olympiad. The UMP Mathematics Olympiad team share our idea and strategy on how to answer the mathematics olympiad to the students.
From this training program, we are proud to announce that the students of MRSM Kuantan showed an outstanding performance in the 13th MRSM Mathematics Carnival National Level 2018. From ALL MRSM nationwide, the upper secondary level managed to won the 1st place for the group category and three of them was in the top 10 individual ranking. Besides, the lower secondary level category also won the 4th place for the group category with one of them, obtain a place in the top 10 individual ranking.
- Aisyah Nabilah binti Azhar (1st place, Upper secondary)
- Faiz Sufian bin Shakawee (5th place, Upper secondary)
- Nabil Darwish bin Nazaruddin (6th place, Upper secondary)
- Irfan Hasiq bin Mohd Rathuan (2nd place, Lower secondary)
Then, on the 28thJuly 2018, our effort was recognized by PERSAMA as Universiti Malaysia Pahang was still chosen as one of the venues for the 2018 National Mathematics Olympiad (Kuantan zone). Based on this competition, five students whom we trained achieved a splendid success in the 2018 National Mathematics Olympiad in their respective categories.
- Muhammad Najwan Safiy Bin Mohd Nazul (MRSM Tun Abdul Razak, Sulung, Sanjungan Kehormat)
- Muhammad Nizamuddin Bin Zulkurnain (MRSM Tun Abdul Razak, Sulung, Sanjungan Kehormat)
- Ahmad Haiqal bin Ahmad Razif (MRSM Tun Abdul Razak, Bongsu, Sanjungan Kehormat)
- Muhammad Danish Luqman bin Shaifuddin (MRSM Tun Abdul Razak, Bongsu, Sanjungan Kehormat)
- Muhammad Hadith bin Dzulkarnain (Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Bongsu, Sanjungan Kehormat)
Based on the remarkable achievement of these students in various mathematics Olympiads competition, we believed that this will be the true indicator of the students’ improvement in Mathematics and STEM education. The students’ success also reflects the effectiveness of our Mathematics Olympiad training program. Hence, we would like to take this opportunity to thank teacher Mr. Mujahid from MRSM Kuantan, Madam Rohana Abbas from SEMSAS, Mr. Zolkefli Darus from MRSM TAR and other teachers. Based on this success stories, together with the support from Universiti Malaysia Pahang and other related agencies, we wish to continue the year 2018’s legacy and to pursue our effort to cultivate the mathematics culture among the primary and secondary school students as well as the UMP students for the next incoming years.