Name of Project:
Wiseman Mathematics Contest (annual contest since 2009)
Dr. Arzu Sardarli (FNUniv)
First Nations schools across Canada
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), within PromoScience Program at start-up
Summary of the Project:
I initiated Wiseman Mathematics Contest in 2009. Since then, thousands of First Nations students in grades 4, 5, and 6 across Canada have participated in the Contest.
The Wiseman Mathematics Contest meets the needs of Mathematics teachers in First Nations Schools who want to assess their students’ problem-solving skills in a competitive environment. Along with the contests, I also develop and delivers preparatory materials. Mathematics teachers prepare their students for the contest using these materials. Many teachers use these materials for extracurricular activities.
In 2016, the Regional Centre of Expertise (Saskatchewan) on Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Program acknowledged the Wiseman Mathematics Contest as an innovative project. It noted that the project has helped increase the capacity for sustainable development in the Saskatchewan region and contributed to the advancement of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.