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 2020 Investigating with Mathematics competition that is run and organised by MANSW. Open to K-12 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 (maximum of 5) or as a whole class and the entry can be submitted as a poster, model, game, technology oMANSW logo with namer video.

For the fifth 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 2020 Working Mathematically Awards. A total of 18 awards will be given to K-12 students who have best achieved Working Mathematically outcomes in the course of their mathematical investigation, scientific investigation or in the generation of an innovative device, software coding or a unique solution to a mathematical problem.


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

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 button next to “Mathematical Investigation” when filling out the Project Entry Form (see below)

If you are also submitting your Mathematical Investigation into the Scientific Investigation category and/or the Innovations and Engineering Design category you will need to fill out a completely new entry form. Entries for all Secondary Mathematical Investigations, Scientific Investigations or Innovations and Engineering Design are due at midnight on Wednesday 25th September, 2021 and all Primary Entries are due at midnight on Wednesday 1st September, 2021.  See STANSW Scientific Investigation Awards and/or OshClub Inventions and Innovations/ Innovations and Engineering Design for specific entry requirements.