The investigation in NMCC is a mathematical task that the class should explore carefully.
It is possible to solve the problem using various methods and strategies.
Advice will also be given to the teacher about how the work might be organised so that all of the pupils can make a contribution to the work that is undertaken in the class.
Mathematical ideas and procedures can be represented in many ways. We can use casual everyday language and the formal language of mathematics – both in spoken and written forms. We can use concrete materials, models and drawings to highlight a mathematical idea.
Criteria for assessing the specialisation
The work done by the class will be assessed by a jury consisting of teachers and mathematicians.
The grounds for the assessment will be:
The exhibition and oral presentation must be self-contained so that they can be assessed by two different juries respectively.
A Subject report
The report must be written in 12 pt Times New Roman and with 1.5 line spacing.
Headings may have a different size.
The page numbers should be centralised at the bottom of the pages.
The subject report must not consist of more than 12 000 characters including spacing.
The report must be submitted as a Word- or a pdf-document, preferably Word-file (*.docx).
The report must include:
I. Front page: Title of the task, competition name (NMCC), year, nation, name of the school and class.
II. Table of contents with reference to page numbers.
III. The content should
i. present to the readers your interpretation of the task
ii. be well structured and offer the reader insight into
i. how the class has been working with the problem
ii. how the class has struggled with the challenges in the problem
iii. the mathematical process and solutions obtained
iv. how the teacher or others provided ideas, suggestions or challenges during the work
v. the way other resources have been used
iii. explain the mathematics used through different representations
IV. A conclusion
i. comparing your interpretation with your work on the task and the solutions you have obtained
ii. revealing reflections and giving examples upon your own learning
During the final events, only the four pupils representing the class may prepare and carry out the exhibition.
The content of the exhibition must be brought to the location of the competition by the students.
The exhibition can consist of poster(s) and objects placed on a table in front of the wall where the poster(s) are exhibited.
The poster(s) must not be larger than 1 m2 (A0 format).
The text on the posters must have a minimum height of 2 cm.
The objects must fit on a rectangular table of size 0,5 m2, usually 1 m long and 50 cm wide.
Characteristics of a good quality exhibition
A good exhibition should
The presenting pupils will have technical equipment, such as a projector (standard HDMI or VGA),
speakers that can be connected to a computer and a whiteboard or flip-over at their disposal.
The organisers of the event will be responsible for providing fully functional equipment.
The participants must bring any other equipment they might need during the presentations
and take responsibility that this equipment functions as it should.
During the final event, only the four pupils representing the class may prepare and carry out the presentation.
The presentation can last a maximum of 10 minutes.
Characteristics of a good quality presentation
A good presentation
The presentation should not merely consist of reading a script.
Subject report, maximum 20 points
Up to 3 points can be deducted from a report that does not meet the formal criteria.
Exhibition, maximum 10 points
Up to 2 points can be deducted if the exhibition does not meet the formal criteria.
Oral presentation, maximum 10 points
Up to 2 points can be deducted if formal criteria are not met.