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What is the Maths Talent Quest?

The focus of the Maths Talent Quest is on the process of mathematical investigations. Open to all primary and secondary students, the Maths Talent Quest aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents.

Looking at real life situations and finding that mathematics is everywhere helps capture the imagination of both teachers and students alike. The Maths Talent Quest allows students to investigate mathematics on an individual, group or class basis with the opportunity to have fun exploring mathematics in real life situations. Assessment through a rubric helps to evaluate students’ progression through the process strands.

All MTQ entrants will receive a certificate. Gift vouchers will be awarded to both High Distinction and Distinction winners for each year level at the MTQ Awards Ceremony. The entries that receive a High Distinction at state level are judged separately, one entry from this group forwarded for judging at the National Maths Talent Quest. National Award Winners will also be presented with their prizes at the State MTQ Awards Ceremony.

Find Out More!

Important Dates: 2019 Maths Talent Quest

  • Registrations Open

    Monday 29 April

  • Delivery of Entries to ECU

    Friday 16 August
    & Monday 19 August

  • Display of Entries

    Thursday 22 August

  • State MTQ Ceremony


  • Registrations Close

    Friday 2 August

  • Judging MTQ Entries

    Tuesday 20 August
    & Wednesday 21 August

  • Collection of Entries from ECU

    Friday 23 & Monday 26 August

  • National MTQ Awards


Who can enter the MTQ?

All students from Foundation to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest. The Maths Talent Quest is categorised into year levels from foundation to year 9 and a combined year’s 10-12 level. Children in early year’s settings are also welcome to enter the MTQ, these entries will be entered at a Foundation level.

Entries can be received from:

  • Individuals
  • Groups of no more than 6 students or;
  • Classes of no more than 32 students.

What do I need to do?


See the information & links section to find out:

  • what kinds of projects to do
  • tips on how to get started
  • how to keep records
  • what criteria you’ll be judged on


  1. Register your school and nominate your school’s MTQ coordinator
  2. Run the MTQ challenge at your school and select the projects you wish to enter.
  3. Complete the online registration form for State level judging by the due date and finalise payment.
  4. Nominate your judge(s) and fill out their details and availability (2 hours)
  5. Attach bar codes from mail out to entries and check details
  6. Post to MAWA office (received by Friday 10th August) or drop off to ECU by the Monday due date.

Aims of the Math Talent Quest:

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    Promote Mathematics

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    Authentic STEM tasks

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    Capture Imaginations

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    Explore New Concepts

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    Foster Positive Attitudes

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    Receive Recognition

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    General Capabilities

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    Have FUN!

Important Information

  • Check here regularly for updates.
  • Register via the store link during the open period.
  • You are required to complete your school judging and select entries to send to the state judging BEFORE you finalise your registration on the MAWA website.
  • Schools can enter a maximum of eight entries per year level.
  • It is compulsory for each metropolitan school to provide a minimum of two hours judging. Where schools have more than five entries, an extra two hours of judging should be provided for every five extra entries. Regional schools are also encouraged to participate in judging.
  • All participating students will receive a certificate.
  • Winning students will receive a certificate and book voucher – no cash prizes will be given

Pricing Structure

  • 1 entry per year level

    MAWA Members: $36
    Non-Members: $46

  • Each additional entry per year level thereafter

    MAWA Members: $36
    Non-Members: $46

    e.g. for 5 entries per year level:

    MAWA Members: $180
    Non-Members: $230

    Maximum 8.


How do I enter?

Submit your entries online.

Can my entries be edited once submitted?

Entries may be edited before payment details have been submitted. Once an entry has been registered and paid for, no changes can be made. Any problems, please contact MAWA office.

Can student’s names be provided at a later date?

Permitting the entry has not already been paid for, yes student names can be submitted at a later date. Student names and project titles must be submitted with the entry registration and payment.

One of my students has dropped out after registering their entry. Can I get a refund?

Participants who withdraw their entries on or prior to Friday 21 July 2017 will receive a refund less 50% of the entry fee per each entry. Cancellation must be in writing and include any documentation already sent out. No refunds for cancellation can be made after this date.

What is the maximum number of entries a school can register?

A maximum of 8 entries, per year level will be accepted for state judging.

Does every entry have to include a separate diary or learning log?

It has been decided that the diary/learning log is no longer a compulsory component of the MTQ. We do highly recommend however that students provide reflections and evidence that the work completed is their own.

My project was not selected for entry into the State Competition by my school. Can this same project be entered by another school?

No the school’s decision must be respected. Parents and students are welcome to ask their school for feedback and to discuss ways to improve for future years. The school is responsible for selecting the entries to be entered into the State Competition.

What happens if I have a composite grade?

If you have a composite grade, you have two options:

  • Register the entry under the higher year level
  • Split the year levels and enter two separate entries

How many students can be involved in an entry?

  • Individual – One student
  • Group – No more than 6 students
  • Class – No more than 32 students

What happens if my class consists of more than 32 students?

Contact the MAWA,  we can discuss options for you.

Why do schools have to supply judges?

Each MTQ entry received needs to be judged a minimum of two times.  By every school providing a teacher for a minimum of two hours, we can ensure that each entry is judged efficiently and fairly. Judging is a great professional development idea for all involved.

I have registered as a judge, what happens now?

You will be sent a confirmation email closer to the judging date with further information about what is required.

My school has only one entry. Do we still have to provide a Judge?

Yes, all West Australian Metropolitan schools entering must provide a minimum of two hours judging.

Regional schools are also encouraged to participate in the judging process.

I am entering 15 entries. How many judges does our school need to provide?

Where schools have more than 10 entries, an extra two hours of judging must be provided for every five extra entries. For example: Schools with 15 entries would have to supply a minimum of four hours judging.

My project includes a model/food item. Will it still be accepted?

Models will not be accepted for the state judging due to the risk of damage and the high cost of postage if selected for national entry. MAWA does accept that using a prototype or model forms an essential part of a mathematical investigation and we encourage students to take photographs of any models that may have been developed within the MTQ. Under no circumstances will entries with food items be accepted.

One of my student’s projects is internet/website based, is this OK?

Yes we accept internet and website entries. Computers are supplied at the MTQ judging centre.  Please provide some form of hard copy evidence to assist with our organisation. (eg A piece of paper with an URL). It is suggested that Powerpoints are printed out in booklet form for judging purposes.

When will I receive my MTQ information package?

Information can be downloaded from the MAWA website. All registered schools will be posted their MTQ packs after registration closes on Friday 21 July 2017. These packs will contain entry barcodes and information on judging, delivery, nationals and the awards ceremony.

What prizes do the winning entries receive?

State level prizes are awarded to individual, group and class entries in the following categories:

  • High Distinction and Distinction: Gift voucher and Certificate
  • Credit and Encouragement: Certificate

Previous Winners