the 1st Shanghai Joint Secondary School Mathematical Modeling Activity, 2019

The 1st Shanghai Joint Secondary School

Mathematical Modeling Activity, 2019

By the Organizers of the Activity

1 Background

The capability of mathematical modeling, especially the mindsets involved, is essential for an individual to meet the needs of the society and to possess competence in various occupations. In the latest national standards of high school curriculum, requirements for modeling and computational thinking skills are highlighted as core competences in 6 subjects, meaning that mathematical modeling is becoming the core quality in secondary education as a whole. Educators have been facing the challenging problem of improving the mathematical modeling skills for all students. We should endeavor to explore how to involve mathematical modeling contests for some students into activities for all.

This activity, supported by the only winner in the discipline of mathematical modeling of the National Basic Education Achievement Award – Shanghai Experimental School, is a beneficial experiment of the concept above. It is hoped that this activity can provide insights for the effective cultivation of mathematical modeling skills for all students on a larger scale.


2 Expected participants

Secondary school students (7-12 grade) (Shanghai and surrounding areas).


3 Timetable for the activity


Participants   signing up and registration


Collection of   mathematical modeling problems


Problem   distribution and matching


Problem solving and paper writing


Poster design   and presentation preparation


Oral presentation and discussion


3.1 Signing up and registration

w   Sign up and register on the event page of the Shanghai Joint Secondary School Mathematical Modeling Activity at IMMC Greater China Official Website ( or ) and obtain a control number.

w   Simultaneously send participant information to the official email:

3.2 Problem proposal

w   Submit the problem proposal to IMMC system via the event website and at the same time the official email. The problem should be relevant to daily real life and suitable for secondary school students. You can:

1.       State your idea in one sentence, or

2.       Propose a complete problem like those in mathematical modeling contests.

w   The organizers will edit and/or revise the problems received. Together with the problems prepared by the activity preparation committee, organizers will choose about 10 problems as the coverage of this activity.


3.3 Problem selection and matching

Problems designated by the process above will be posted on the event webpage of the activity for participants to download and select.


3.4 Solving the problem and writing a paper

The organizers will give instructions and guidance to participants in the following topics according to the progress of the activity:

w   How to read and comprehend a problem;

w   How to set up a main frame and propose reasonable assumptions for problem solving;

w   How to construct elementary models and algorithms;

w   How to write a qualified paper;

w   How to write a qualified summary.


Submission of the paper

w   The paper should be uploaded to the event webpage of Shanghai Joint Secondary School Mathematical Modeling Activity at IMMC Greater China system. The names of the students, advisor, or institution should NOT appear on any page of the electronic solution. Your team's summary should be included as the first page of your solution paper.

w   Simultaneously send your paper to the organizers’ official email:


3.5 Poster design and presentation preparation

w   Each team participating in the activity can create a poster introducing their work. We welcome students to take their work to the site and participate in the activity.

w   Teams qualified for on-site activities (poster demonstration and oral presentation) will be announced before 5.23.

w   Teams listed in the top 40 will be all invited to show their posters. Students and teachers taking part in the activity will vote for their projects.

w   Teams of the top 10 will be able to deliver an oral presentation. Instructions for the presentation will be sent to their emails.


3.6 On-site presentation and discussion

Time: 2019.5.31   12:30-17:30

Address: Shanghai Experimental School

            300 Dongming Rd, near the 3rd gate of West Gaoke Rd station of underground line 6/7.

w   Professional judges will be invited to assess the performance of the teams.

w   All who participate in the on-site activity can attend the oral presentation event to experience the interaction between judges and accomplished teams.


4 Educational discussion and exchange

The organizers will hold a symposium on this activity in early July, which is aimed to explore the basics and difficulties for advancing mathematical modeling education and instruction in various grades, so as to decipher the hidden principles and pathways for mathematical modeling education for all students.

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