Lakehead University hosting Canadian Math Kangaroo competition

March 3, 2015 Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences is a regional host for the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest for the third year in a row.  

The contest will be held in Thunder Bay on Sunday, March 29 in the University’s Ryan Building, from 11 am to 3 pm. New this year, the Thunder Bay contest is open to grades 9-12, in addition to grades 1-8.

 “The purpose of this competition is to introduce math challenges to youngsters from grades 1 to 12 in a fun and enjoyable way, to inspire even more interest and advancement in mathematics,” said Dr. Monica Ilie, Mathematical Sciences Associate Professor at Lakehead University.

Participating in math contests boosts a young person’s confidence and provides the opportunity to interact with like-minded peers.

The International Mathematical Kangaroo Contest is an international mathematical competition that takes place in more than 50 countries around the world. In 2014 more than six million students participated, including 3, 332 from Canada.

For more information about the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest, including registration and fees, visit Registration ends Sunday, March 15. 

Top-achieving students will receive medals and certificates. For more information about the local competition, please visit

For more information about this mathematics contest, please contact Dr. Ilie at (807) 766-7224 or




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