Sign up for the Maths CAT CompMarch 31, 2023
Are you interested in competing in the Mathematics based Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Competition?
- If so, please email Mr Storman and include your year level in the response.
- You must register before the end of term
- The competition will be run on Tuesday Week 2 Term 2 (02/05/2023).
The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition is a one-hour problem-solving competition designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking.
Neither teachers nor students need computer programming ability, but the competition helps identify students’ computer programming potential.
The competition is an ideal activity to encourage students to solve real-world problems. It is suitable for any mathematics class and the process helps students become more confident as they take on interesting new challenges.
The competition has a mixture of multiple-choice and integer answers and incorporates unique ‘three-stage tasks’ that encourage students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity. The original problems are designed to be quick to solve and highly approachable, and range in difficulty from very easy to challenging. Some questions test the ability to perform procedures, others require logical thought, while the more challenging problems require the identification and application of algorithms.
The CAT has four divisions: Upper Primary (years 5–6), Junior (years 7–8), Intermediate (years 9–10) and Senior (years 11–12).
For more information on CAT visit the Australian Maths Trust website.