Cantamath is a mathematics competition for students in Years 6-10 held in town each year. There are two sections, the Competition section and the Project section.
In the Team Competition section, each participating school sends in four selected student mathematicians per year level. The participants compete against other schools in the Christchurch Horncastle Arena. It's a speed competition and takes 30 minutes. There are 20 questions for each team to complete, the aim being for each team to answer all questions the fastest. One of the four team members is a runner who runs to a judge to check if the answer to their current question is right. Each question is worth 5 points, allowing a maximum score of 100. A team can only attempt one question at a time and have to keep working on it until they get it right. Passing is allowed, but no points will be received for that question, as well as preventing the team from returning to that question.
In the Project section, the student submits a project on a certain topic. Projects can be awarded with an Excellence or Highly Commended award, depending on their quality. There is also an Outstanding award for the best few projects in the display section.
Problem Challenge is a mathematics problem solving competition aimed primarily at children in years 7 and 8. Children participating in the competition attempt to answer five questions in 30 minutes on each of five problem sheets, which are done about a month apart starting in April.
Otago Problem Challenge
Selwyn Rotary Quiz Competition
Each year the the Lincoln Rotary Club host a quiz evening for children of the Selwyn district. Students compete in teams of two to answer a range of questions. There are four rounds with 10 questions in each round.