The Hamann School Mathematics Competition for Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Prizes 2022

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is an international technical/professional organisation dedicated to the advancement of technology associated with the recovery of energy resources from well-bores. The South Australian section of the SPE is sponsoring the SA School Mathematics Competition as part of its commitment to the education of young people and to raise awareness of the Society's vocation, the professional of Petroleum Engineer. The SPE considers that a career as a Petroleum Engineer offers exciting opportunities to work throughout the world in one of the many facets of the Oil and Gas Industry.

The aim of the competition is to encourage interested and motivated students to enjoy the challenge of non-standard problems. While some of the questions require extended knowledge and responses, the new format aims to give a wide range of students the opportunity to achieve some success.

Entry Form -HSMC Mathematics Competition (click here)

Competition Details

It is for South Australian students in Years 6 - 12. Four papers will be set as indicated below.

  • Primary of 1 hour for students in Years  6 and below - (16 questions) 
  • Junior Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 7 – 8 (20 questions)
  • Intermediate Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 9 – 10 (20 questions)
  • Senior Paper of 1.5 hours for students in Years 11 – 12 (20 questions)

Note: the use of scientific & graphic calculators is not permitted for any papers.

Each year more than 2000 students sit for the Hamann School Mathematics Competition sponsored by The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). There is considerable input required from teachers to keep this very successful competition running smoothly. The process involves:

  • the setting of four papers
  • sample questions / answers
  • marking sessions
  • the Presentation Night

Metropolitan Schools entering students are required to nominate teachers to help with the workshop evening and marking of each of the papers. Marking will take place from 4.15pm on Monday 4th April at Urrbrae Agricultural High School.

Prizes are awarded for each division at Judges’ discretion. Monetary prizes donated by SPE are awarded to the Top Ten Students of each level, as well as those who achieve High Distinction & Distinction (who all also receive Certificates). Credit Certificates, Judges’ Commendation and Judges’ Encouragement Certificates are awarded as judged. Participation Certificate templates are sent to participating schools to be distributed to all entrants.  
Winners and their parents are invited to the Presentation Night held on 22nd June 2022 from  7.00pm – 9.00pm (approx.) at Dorothy Yates Hall, Pembroke School, Holden Street, Kensington Gardens. Covid regulations may require us to make a change to this plan. 

It is wise to use past competitions as practice examples. The HSMC Past Papers are available for sale at the MASA Office.

The competition entry fee is $3.00 per student (GST included). Please complete the entry form (link below) and forward it to MASA as soon as possible. Entries close strictly on Monday 21st February, 2022.

Entry Form - HSMC Mathematics Competition (click here)

PO Box 94
Stepney SA 5069

Address: 80 Payneham Rd, Stepney, SA, 5069

Phone: 08 8362 4332


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