Designed for Middle and High School girls, the first phase of the competition took place on August 22
In August, School of the Nations offered another academic Olympiad, the Torneio Meninas na Matemática (TM2). Designed specifically for girls in Grades 8 through 12, the Management Committee of the Girls in Mathematics Tournament and the Association of the Brazilian Mathematics Olympiad created the exam with the support of the Brazilian Mathematics Society. The first phase took place on August 22.
The tournament seeks to increase girls’ participation in national and international competitions and promote greater participation of female students in Olympic training. Consisting of two stages, the first with twenty-five multiple-choice questions and the second with four discursive questions, the test has two levels, A and B, for middle and high school students.
To promote this year’s annual campaign, Equity leads to Justice, math teacher Mr. Marco Borges, and members of our Nations Girl Up project took the initiative to include the Olympics in the School’s academic activities. For Mr. Marco, promoting female representation in this field is essential.
“I talked with the students, and we agreed that not enough girls were participating in the School’s Olympics, so we decided to bring in an exam just for them. Our goal is to make girls feel welcome.”
In agreement with her teacher, Carolina Bisol (Grade 11) reveals that over the years that she has participated in the math Olympiads at the School, she has sometimes felt a lack of participation on the part of other girls. As co-president of Girl Up, Carolina says this tournament is one example of what the Girl Up project seeks to achieve – female representation.
“This opportunity made me feel very welcome, but I believe a stigma and a lack of incentive for girls to enter the field of mathematics still exists, so it’s important to promote the tournament and show girls that this space exists for them.”
According to the official calendar available on the tournament’s website, the first phase results and the list of students who qualify for the second will be released on August 29.