MANSW Working Mathematically Awards


A vast number of Mathematics competitions are available for Year 7-12 students, with a handful catering for Year K-6 students. Most of these are diagnostic in nature and concentrate on testing the Problem Solving strand in each respective Mathematics Syllabus. One competition that aims to get students involved in all Working Mathematically strands is the 2017 Investigating with Mathematics competition that is run and organised by MANSW. Open to K-10 students, the purpose of Investigating with Mathematics is to explore real life situations and problems to engage students and teachers in mathematics. Students can enter as individuals, in small groups or as a whole class and the entry can be submitted as a poster, model, game, technology oMANSW logo with namer video.

For the second year in a row the Mathematical Association of NSW (MANSW) have agreed to sponsor a major category in the STANSW Young Scientist Awards, opening the door to mathematics students and teachers taking part in the Young Scientist Awards. In an unprecedented move, the respective professional teacher associations that represent STEM education in NSW have collaborated with the common purpose of building a better Australia by engaging students in the whole Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Enterprise. We are therefore very pleased to once again welcome MANSW in their sponsorship of the 2017 MANSW Working Scientifically Awards. 15 awards will be given to K-12 students who have best achieved Working Mathematically outcomes in the course of their scientific investigation or their construction of an innovative device or application.



There are cash prizes for the best entries in each of the age sections at state level.

2016 Working mathematically prizes

All first place winners in both Years 7-9 and Years 10-12 will receive a trophy.

Each student is awarded a certificate based on their level of attainment of specified criteria given in the scoring rubric for their age and category:

  • Certificate of High Distinction for every student who achieves a level 5 against the rubric.
  • Certificate of Distinction for every student who achieves a level 4 against the rubric.
  • Certificate of Credit for every student who achieves a level 3 against the rubric.
  • Certificate of Commendation for other state-level finalists.
  • Certificates of Participation for every student entry at school level.

The best entry in each age and category will be one that meets the criteria at the highest level.



To be eligible for the MANSW Working Mathematically Awards, you simply have to click the Yes button in the section headed “Subcategory – Mathematics” when filling out the Project Entry Form (see below)

You also have had to either complete a scientific investigation or constructed a model of an innovative device or application. Entries for both categories are due at midnight on Friday 25th August, 2017. See STANSW Scientific Investigation Awards and/or IIATE Models and Innovation Awards for specific entry requirements.