CKSTEM is very excited to share our partnership with Singapore International Mastery Challenge Center (SIMCC) in Canada. SIMCC is one of the largest academic contests organizers in Asia to groom and identify talent. We are committed to offering more opportunities for all students to gain international recognition through academic competitions. As a result of this new partnership, we will offer several English, Mathematics, and Science contests for grades 2 to 12 students. In the coming months, we will be able to provide exciting opportunities to the kids to not only shine locally but to exhibit talent internationally with scholarships and specialized training in science and math as well.
To begin this exciting journey, we are offering all our students an opportunity to participate in the American Mathematics Olympiad (AMO). This is an international math competition for elementary, middle, and high school students jointly organized by SIMCC and Southern Illinois University (SIU). It promotes the importance and a deeper understanding of math. AMO is open to all Grade 2 to 12 students, and its framework is based on The US Common Core Standards (similar to Canada).
A group of the best educators from Southern Illinois University with comprehensive knowledge and experience in the Common Core Math curriculum design unique papers to challenge the students and, at the same time, promote their interest in math. Some of the distinguished benefits (or The key benefits) of AMO are university scholarships, the Global Scholars Program, International Junior Honor Society (IJHS) membership, tuition grants, and internships.
AMO will be held online between November 20th & November 25th, 2023. We allow multiple slots to give flexibility to students and schools to participate in the contest on weekdays and weekends. If we get many requests, we may have to split participants into more groups.
The contest is 60-90 min long, but we need students to join 30 min before the contest starts so that we can explain the rules and set up screen sharing or Zoom monitoring. Please note that it's a world olympiad, and we must ensure the contest's integrity. Hence, all participants must share their screens and videos during the contest to qualify for the awards.
If schools are proctoring contests in person, they don't need Zoom. So that you know, students who need to participate in contests will still be done online.
The individual contest fee for AMO 2023 is 30 CAD, which excludes shipping fees. At the end of the 2023-2024 school year, we will give the following options to all participants in April 2024:
Attend award celebration event (discounted tickets for the students to celebrate and collect awards on stage)
Ship Awards (One-time shipping and handling cost of 25 CAD for all awards in the school year. You will be paying S&H once for all contests if you participate in multiple contests. In other words, if you participate in Canadian Innovation Contests, SASMO, DrCT, Vanada Science Contest or any other contest conducted by CKSTEM. You will only pay a one-time shipping cost for all contests. Details for other contests will be shared in the coming weeks.)
Discounted contest fees for the schools with more than 10 participants will be 25 CAD + S&H cost of 50 CAD for the awards. We offer support for schools with underprivileged kids. Please don't hesitate to let us know if your school needs help.
So that you know, we only allow Canadian or CKSTEM students in the AMO contest. You will be disqualified if you are not a resident of Canada.
We only host contests for Canadian residents. If you are not a Canadian student, please do not register, as you cannot participate in the contest with us.
The online contest is available for students in Grades 2-12.
Awards (based on Global results):
Perfect Score (Personalized Medal & Printed Certificate, 3 points for SIT Awards)
Top 8% - Gold Award (Medal & Printed Certificate, 2 points for SIT Awards)
Next 12% - Silver Award (Medal & Printed Certificate, 1 points for SIT Awards)
Next 20% - Bronze Award (Medal & Printed Certificate, 0.5 points for SIT Awards)
Next 10% - Honorable Mention Award (eCertificate)
Next 50% - Participation Certificate (eCertificate)
You can accumulate SIT Awards by participating in various SIMCC lead contests. You will receive an eCertificate for this special award if you get sufficient points. Please review the AMOInfo Brochure for more details.
Free access to brilliant.org math courses to help you prepare. Please note that most Brilliant courses are designed for middle and high school students. It’s an additional benefit. Since we have limited licenses, we take no responsibility for their content or guaranteeing access.
We will provide you with slots to choose between November 20 and November 25 to participate in the contest. It’s essential to make your selection at the earliest as we will not be able to accommodate anyone subsequently.
You must take the contest from a computer or a laptop. It is not allowed to take the contest from tablets and phones.
It is mandatory for you to share your screen and camera. You will be disqualified and removed from the contest if you cannot do so. This is the SIMCC requirement, which all participating students must comply with. We cannot make any exceptions to ensure the contest is conducted fairly. If you find your cameras or screen share are not working at the time of the test, you will not be able to continue with the contest, and there will be no retest or reschedule. So, it’s essential to test your devices ahead of time to make sure they are in working order.
Cheating is strictly prohibited. If any student is found using unfair means, they will be disqualified immediately. This Olympiad is tracked through AI, and the system also flags potential cheating based on sophisticated logic. We are proud to have had no incidents of cheating since we started hosting these contests. Canada, as a nation, is considered an honest country. We are highlighting this to ensure we continue to set high standards. Winning is important, but our integrity is even more critical. Therefore, if a student doesn’t comply, they will be immediately disqualified.
Medal winners of AMO 2023 will be invited to participate in a few global finals conducted by SIMCC. In full disclosure, these contests will have an additional fee for all students, including CKSTEM students, if they wish to participate.
All participants will have the following two options for collecting physical awards(medals and printed certificates as applicable to the win category):
Join the CKSTEM award ceremony in the Greater Toronto Area to celebrate with us and get awarded on the stage in May 2024. There will be discounted tickets for all participants to attend this ceremony.
Pay $25 for shipping. You can combine various awards won through CKSTEM-hosted contests to pay a one-time shipping cost for all awards. Unfortunately, we won’t have award pick-up available moving forward.
You are required to create an account with CKSTEM to register for the contests. We have simplified the process by integrating with Google and Microsoft Single Sign-On (SSO) process. This allows users to access our portal to use their existing Gmail or Microsoft email address. We've included for you the detailed instructionsto register here. You will take only a few minutes to create your account. If you already have an account, you can use it to register for the contest. Email us if you have any questions.
The Top 40% of the participants will receive an award certificate and a medal. all winners are invited to compete at SIMOC 2023 to be held in Singapore. The top 20% of winners are invited to compete in STEAM AHEAD 2023 - IJMO to be held in Bali, Indonesia.
Please download the instruction document. This document contains instructions so that your child may sit for SIMCC competitions from the safety of your home. This is due to the rapidly changing situation regarding Covid-19. Many teachers and parents have expressed their concern whether contests can be run FAIRLY in a home environment and we have done extensive testing and benchmarking to ENSURE that we run a SECURE and FAIR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for all contestants.
Hence we seek your cooperation and support to implement the measures we have put in place to make the contest a FAIR competition for all contestants. Please advice your child NOT to share the questions with their friends or post them in ANY MEDIA, as this will disadvantage them and will NOT BE FAIR for other contestants.
Parents are recommended to test the necessary equipment the day before the contest as students will not be allowed to take part if any of the required equipment is not working. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Recommended minimum SYSTEM requirements for contest participants
This document contains recommended minimum requirements for the system used for contest participants. Please review this before the contest.
AMO Contest Instructions
AMO Online Contest System Guide
AMO 2021 WINNERS
The contest fees students pay to Competitive Kids STEM for hosting competitions are non-refundable. To be allowed to host these contests, our organization pays a fee to the various external organizations that own these competitions. It is a significant amount of time and resource investment, not to mention the various charges paid for processing these payments to external organizations, various third parties and financial institutions.
As a nonprofit organization, CKSTEM operates very leanly and has limited resources to keep our operating costs low to make our offerings available at a much lower cost to the students. Hence, we cannot offer any refund for contest fees to students for withdrawals or cancellations beyond our control. If CKSTEM has wrongly charged any student, or we cancel an event due to reasons under our control and there are refunds provided to us from external organizations, we will happily refund the fees paid by the students (deducting the processing charges).