Kangourou sans Frontières (KSF) is an independent association, whose purpose is to organise the annual Kangaroo contest with the aim of promoting mathematics among young people around the world. Each year over six million school pupils aged 5 to 18 from more than 50 countries throughout the world take part at various levels. Awards are given to the top scoring students per grade at the national level. We decide to provide here a collections of past papers and solutions for those who wish to practice the math problems.
What is the purpose of the contest?
- Promote the diffusion of basic mathematical culture;
- Attract students who are afraid of math, allowing them to discover his fun side;
- To make the students realize that solving math problems is a very rewarding achievement.
How did the idea come about?
In the early 80's, Peter O'Halloran a math teacher at Sydney, invented a new kind of game in Australian schools: a multiple choice questionnaire, corrected by computer, which meant that thousands of pupils could participate at the same time. It was a tremendous success for the Australian Mathematical National Contest.
In 1991, two French teachers (André Deledicq et Jean Pierre Boudine) decided to start the competition in France under the name "Kangaroo" to pay tribute to their Australian friends. In the first edition, 120 000 juniors took part. Ever since the competition has been opened to pupils as well as to senior students, followed by 21 European countries forming altogether "Kangaroo without borders".