Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition 2018
1 – 6 July 2018
Burgas Municipality, Burgas, Bulgaria
It has been generally acknowledged that mathematics is a basic tool to study every subject. It is useful to make the better quality of life and develop human to be completed.
In education, the upper primary level as a part of the Basic Education provides students with skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. A program of mathematics learning should stimulate creativity and develop critical and analytical thinking, which are the most important factors for providing students at the primary level because it is a “Golden Period of Children Learning”, contributing to the learning development of the secondary level.
BIMC 2018 Objectives
- To organize an international mathematics competition for key stage II (Upper Primary Level) and key stage III (Lower Secondary Level) students;
- To create an academic atmosphere to motivate teachers and students to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics with emphasis on developing the higher order thinking skills;
- To establish cooperation with networks for the development of teaching and learning of mathematics with international and educational organizations;
- To provide students from participating countries with opportunities to exchange mathematics knowledge and practice and cultural experiences;
- To upgrade mathematics curriculum in school to be at par with the international standards; and
- To provide mathematics teachers and parents of gifted students an international forum to exchange best practice ideas for the improvement of the teaching of mathematics.
- International Mathematics Competition.
- Elementary Mathematics International Competition 2018 (IMC : EMIC 2018)
- Invitational World Youth Mathematics Intercity Competition 2018(IMC : IWYMIC 2018)
2. International Mathematics Conference.
3. International cultural exchange and educational tour.
Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition 2018 (BIMC 2018) will be held from 1st to 6th July 2018 in Burgas, Bulgaria.
|1st July 2018||Arrival of participants and registration||Arrival of participants and registration|
|Team Leaders and Deputy Leader Orientation Meeting of Team Leaders|
|2nd July 2018||Puzzle Challenge||Translation of Contest Papers|
|Opening Ceremony||Opening Ceremony|
|3rd July 2018||Individual Contest||Sightseeing/ tour|
|4th July 2018||Sightseeing/ tour||Moderate Contest Paper|
|Cultural Night||Cultural Night|
|5th July 2018||Sightseeing / Shopping||Sightseeing / Shopping|
|Awarding and Closing||Awarding and Closing|
|6th July 2018||Departure for Homeland||Departure for Homeland|
BIMC 2018 Information
- Participation and Application
Participation in the competition is by invitation. The organizer will be responsible for all official expenses of only 2 teams in each division including accommodations, meals, and sightseeing during the official period of the competition in Burgas, Bulgaria. Each team must comprise a maximum of 6 members: a team leader, a deputy leader and 4 students.
Except the following countries who may send four teams to participate in each division of the IMC Executive Board organized math contests due to their status as former or soon to be the hosts of IMC activities: Bulgaria, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
- Divisions of Competition
IMC is composed of 2 divisions:
- Key Stage II Division (Upper Primary Level)
- Key Stage III Division (Lower Secondary Level)
- Participant conditions
1. Key Stage II:
- Students must not be enrolled in secondary level or in any equivalent institutions;
- Students must have been born on or after 1 July 2004.
- Students who were born between 2 July 2004 to 1 July 2005 must submit school certificate as proof that they are students of primary school.
Each contestant must fit both conditions or his/her results would not be given recognition.
2. Key Stage III:
- Students must have not been enrolled in upper secondary level or in any of equivalent institutions; and
- Students must have been born on or after 1 July 2001.
- Students who were born between 2 July 2001 to 1 July 2002 must submit school certificate as proof that they are students of lower secondary school.
Each contestant must fit both conditions or his/her results would not be given recognition.
- BIMC 2018 Contest Paper Official Languages
Bulgarian, English and Chinese will be the official language of BIMC 2018 contest paper and the countries not adopting English will translate the contest papers into their language.
- Competition papers
The participating country must send ten proposed problems, using Word files written in English, for the Key Stage II contest and the Key Stage III contest; that is, five for the individual contest and another five for the team contest on or before 20 April 2018 to allow the IMC Academic Committee to do the consideration and preparation of competition papers. The team leaders must avoid using the exact proposed problems they submit to the organizers for training their contestants.
- BIMC 2018 Technical Committee
Math experts from Bulgaria.
Members of IMC Executive Board.
- Structure of the Contest Papers
1. Individual Contest
The Individual Contest consisting of 15 questions requires only ARABIC NUMERICAL answers to be filled in the blank of the answer sheet. Each problem is worth 10 points with a maximum total of 150 points.
The Individual Contest consisting of 12 questions requires only the answers to be written in the blanks, and 3 of the questions require full solutions. The former is worth 5 points each while the latter 20 points each, with a maximum total of 120 points.
2. Team Contest
There are 10 problems in the Team Contest, arranged in increasing order of difficulty. Each question is printed on a separate sheet of paper. The four team members are allowed 10 minutes to discuss and distribute the first 8 problems among themselves; each student solves at least one problem. Team members are not allowed to use pencil or pen during the ten minutes discussion period. Each will then have 35 minutes to write the solutions of the allotted problem independently, with no further discussions or exchange of problems. The four team members are allowed 25 minutes to solve the last 2 problems together. Each problem is worth 40 points and problem 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 require complete solutions for full credits. Partial credits may be awarded.
- Awards and Prizes
1. Individual Prizes:
Approximately two-thirds of the contestants will receive Individual Awards, in the form of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals as well as Merit, in the approximate ratio of 1:2:3:4.
2. Team Prizes:
There are two Team Prizes, one based on the Individual Contest and another based on the Team Contest. Teams are divided into six groups of approximately equal sizes.
3. Team Prizes based on the Individual Contest:
The sum of the highest three scores among the four members of each team for the Individual Contest will be computed. In each group, prizes will be given to the three teams achieving the highest three sums. In case of ties, precedence is given to the team with the highest score of the fourth team member. If teams still remain in a tie, the BIMC 2018 Adjudicating Committee will make a ruling.
4. Team Prizes based on the Team Contest:
The total score of all ten problems is considered the team score. In each group, prizes will be given to one Champion, two First runners-up, three Second runners-up. The teams are first ranked by their total scores. Ties are broken according to the scores of individual problems, starting with the most difficult one. Further ties will be ruled on by the BIMC 2018 Adjudicating Committee.
5. Grand Prize:
The Grand Prize is awarded according to the sum of the four team members’ score in the Individual Contest and of the team’s score in the Team Contest. The maximum score is(for EMIC) and(for IWYMIC). Second and Third Prizes are also awarded. Ties are broken according to the scores of Team Contest. If teams still remain in a tie, it will be broken according to the scores of individual problems, starting with the most difficult one. Further ties will be ruled on by the BIMC 2018 Adjudicating Committee.
6. Special Prize:
In addition, two other types of Awards will also be presented at the Closing Ceremonies:
- Three teams presenting the best performances in the Cultural Night with exceptional merits in coordination, creativity and impression will receive awards as determined by the BIMC 2018 Organizing Committee.
- Three teams whose members best exhibit the spirit of friendship and cooperation will receive awards based on voting by the guides of all the teams and members of the BIMC 2018 Organizing Committee.
- Medical Care for Participants
The organizer will provide accident insurance for all participants during the official period of the competition. The insurance will cover accidents leading to death or permanent disability of the body; therefore, all participants are advised to arrange medical insurance by themselves.
- Period of Application and Procedure
Each participating city or country has to apply for its participation.
- Interested city or country must submit the application form through an e-mail on or before (2 March 2018)
- Interested city or country must submit a filled-up application (6 May 2018)
- Submit proposed problems (20 April 2018)
- Inform its arrival and departure schedules (1 June 2018)
- Confirm itinerary (15 June 2018)
- Expenses (Official period 1 July -6 July 2018)
- The organizer will be responsible for all official expenses of only 2 teams in each division including accommodations, meals, and sightseeing during the official period of the competition in Burgas, Bulgaria
- Except the former host countries in no. 5.1 the organizer will be responsible for 4
- Excess participants, observers, parents and other accompanying persons have to pay US$650 for the accommodation, meals, transportation, and sightseeing during the period of official competition. Participants may have to share rooms with their own team members or with members of the other teams. Those participants who want to use a single room, they should pay addition US$50 per person per night.
- Each participating team is responsible for the travelling expenses from their homeland to Burgas, including payment of visa fees and other expenses for their entry to Bulgaria.
- Any teams arriving in Burgas from any other place in Bulgaria must be responsible for their transportation expenses. However, the organizer will provide chartered bus from Varna and Sofia Airport to Burgas for the participants in BIMC 2018. The cost of chartered bus will be provided at a later stage.
- We encourage all the parents and other accompanying persons register as Official Delegates of BIMC 2018. For those who will not be registered as official delegates and are interested to participate in any activities of BIMC 2018, the organizer reserves the right to refuse or collect certain amount from them.
- Additional Information
Each participating country should do the following:
- Inform the organizer in advance of any specified dietary requirements or restrictions;
- Prepare at most 5 minutes cultural performance for the cultural night;
- Complete visa procedures before arriving in Bulgaria.
- Check visa requirements at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria: http://www.mfa.bg/en/pages/109/index.html to prevent possible problems.
- For early bird participant arriving in Burgas before 1 July 2018, or leave Burgas after 6 July 2018, he/she must pay an additional amount of US$60.00 per night per head for a twin sharing room accommodation, inclusive of meals.
- While those participants who want to use a single room with no companion, the rate is US$120 per person per night.
- Responsible Office
Ms. Zhenya Georgieva
Phone : +359-56-907245