Our BBC team of Year 12 students, James English, Ethan Waugh, Xavier Catford and Ometh Rajapakse, have been selected among Australia’s two top entries in this year’s International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C), eclipsing 140 other submissions.

Our boys received a ‘meritorious achievement’ award from the Australian judging panel and will progress to the international judging round for 2019.

Coordinated in Australia by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the IM2C sees students use their research, mathematical and creative abilities to develop a mathematical model to address a real world problem. This year, teams were asked to use mathematical modelling to determine what might be a sustainable population for the Earth under current conditions, and to model a possible future sustainable global population based on projected changes to policy and environment.

IM2C in Australia saw continued growth in 2019. A total of 142 teams from 49 schools in the ACT, NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia submitted reports within the competition period.

ACER’s Ross Turner, IM2C Australia Director, said, “The two top teams both included students who were national finalists in 2018, suggesting that experience and practice in using mathematical modelling helps teams to improve their understanding and work. Their reports are now in the hands of the international judging panel.”

Our boys were then invited to the IM2C awards ceremony in Hong Kong where they presented their mathematical model to an audience of educators and received their award.

“The boys represented the College beautifully and were so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet students from across the globe and talk Mathematics. They also enjoyed the opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing visiting ASTRI (Hong Kong’s Applied Science Technology Research Institute), the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, a cruise on Hong Kong Harbour and a visit the Peak,” Dr Leigh Hobart, Head of Academic Performance and Innovation.