A DAY OF AWARD OF 2,000 MEDALS
The National Mathematical Centre (NMC) successfully organised a first of its kind event, a day of 2000 medals. This took place at the prestigious International Conference Centre Abuja on the Monday 20th July, 2015.
The activities for the day were the 2015 National Rubik’s Cube Championship Competition, the First National Olympiads Award for Secondary Schools and the Investiture of First Distinguished Fellow of NMC.
The 2015 National Rubik’s Cube Championship Competition was for Secondary Schools drawn from the 36 states of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. The FCT version of the competition took place earlier in June at NMC.
During the National Olympiads Awards Ceremony for Secondary Schools, awards were given to the top 30 students in the competition. It should be noted that the National Mathematical Centre has been designated the organizers of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences Olympiads in Nigeria.
Nigeria has through the efforts of the Centre has participated in the following Mathematics and Sciences Olympiads with encouraging success:- INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIADS (IMO),INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIADS IN INFORMATICS (IOI), INTERNATIONAL CHEMISTRY OLYMPIADS (IChO), INTERNATIONAL BIOLOGY OLYMPIADS (IBO), INTERNATIONAL PHYSICS OLYMPIADS (IPhO), and The PAN AFRICAN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIADS (PAMO), with the latest Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad for Girl (PAMO-G).
Medals were also awarded to deserving students from the first round of the Cowbell Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC).
The First Distinguished Meritorious Staff Award of the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja was given to Professor Sam O. Ale, mni, OFR, NPOM, FMAN. It was duly noted that the National Olympiads is the brain child of Professor Sam Ale, and thus the appropriateness of his receiving this prestigious.
The Director and Chief Executive of the National Mathematical Centre Abuja, Professor Adewale Solarin, in his welcome address mentioned the recent giant strides the centre had taken in fulfillment of her mandates.
One of the strategies is the reintroduction of Mental Arithmetic and establishment of Mathematics laboratories in primary schools in Nigeria. This project he said was a result of a five-year research into the factors responsible for the recent domination of the world of mathematics by Chinese. The study revealed that the use of Chinese abacus by pupils from primary school was largely responsible for this Chinese level of achievement.
The Director and Chief Executive of NMC named the challenges of Olympiads as majorly being Funds and Training of contestants to international level. He stated that the way forward was Gifted Education programme in each school and involvement of Nigerians in Diaspora.
He specially acknowledged Promasidor, the Makers of Cowbell for support for PAMO; International Academy for the Gifted Ltd/Gte and Minerva University, USA.
The event ended on good note.