Steve Warry, an enthusiastic teacher of the Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur had a belief that Mathematics could be a ‘spectator sport’. In pursuit of this, he organised the South East Asian Mathematics Competition (SEAMC) for March 2001. Tragically, he passed away the week prior to the competition, but the event went ahead and Steve’s dream became a reality.
SEAMC has evolved into an annual 2-day event organised by local volunteer teachers on a rotational basis throughout the region. Hundreds of international school students, aged 15 or younger, and their teachers come together for a long weekend (usually at the end of February) each year to share their enthusiasm for Mathematics and problem solving. Each school enters two teams of three students and the Warry Cup is awarded to the overall winning team each year.
Every SEAMC event has five common rounds and then the host country adds more bespoke rounds according to facilities and resources available. The five common rounds are:
While there exists a healthy competitive spirit, emphasis is on providing opportunities to build friendships with peers from other schools. This is emphasised through the buddy team rounds.
We have been very fortunate to welcome many high profile mathematicians as the guest speaker each year, including Johnny Ball, Douglas Butler, Marcus du Sautoy, Ron Lancaster, Tony Gardiner, Rob Eastaway, Andrew Jeffery and Craig Barton. If you are a Mathematician interested in becoming a part of the SEAMC family as guest speaker, please contact us!