Secondary schools program

We are committed to working with secondary schools within Canberra and around the country to get students excited about mathematics and equip them with the tools required to study at university.

Below are details of some of the regular activities that we run.

Mathematics Outreach Activities

ANU Maths Day

Young maths enthusiasts from across the region find out how their numbers measure up when they battle it out in a test of mind and muscles at ANU Maths Day. Teams of five year 12 students take part in mathematical challenges designed to build teamwork skills and promote a love of maths. The day is divided into four challenges:

  • a group of story problems
  • a swiss find the rule problem
  • a cross number puzzle
  • and the day’s highlight, the relay – a test of brainpower and physical stamina.

ANU Maths Day has been running in the ACT since 1982. The University's competition includes contestants from schools in Canberra, Wollongong, the South Coast, Southern Highlands and Sydney. The day gives the students a chance to meet another 160 like-minded young people who are into mathematics, which is particularly important for people from smaller schools. ANU Maths Day isn’t all about being the cleverest or the brightest. Activities are formulated to ensure that everyone can have a go and have fun while taking part in some healthy and rigorous competition.

Please note a date for 2022 has not yet been confirmed. if you have any questions, please contact

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National Mathematics Summer School

The National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) is a program for the discovery and development of mathematically gifted and talented high school students from all over Australia.

During NMSS, students participate in a number of courses on different branches of mathematics not typically studied as part of the school curriculum. Each course is delivered in a series of lectures and small-group tutorials. Private study in the evening also gives students time to puzzle over problems and absorb what they have learned during the day.

The main course is Number Theory, which is studied in depth over the two weeks. Other courses which each run for one week vary from year to year and have in the past included:

  • Chaos Theory
  • Cryptography
  • Knot Theory
  • Languages and Automata
  • Projective Geometry
  • Topology

Accommodation is provided on campus and students enjoy a range of social activities.

National Indigenous Summer School

The National Indigenous Summer School brings together Year 10 and 11 indigenous students, from across Australia, providing an opportunity to experience university life as they participate in hands-on activities cross the Science and Engineering disciplines.

ANU hosted the inaugural National Indigenous Summer School in 2016. The program has expanded to include Humanities and Social Science disciplines, and is a joint initiative between the ANU Tjabal Centre and all seven colleges across the ANU.

The STEMM stream consists of disciplines from the College of Science, College of Health & Medicine and the College of Engineering Computer Science.

National Youth Science Forum

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a 10-day residential program held in January, for students entering Year 12. Each year the Australian National University hosts students from around Australia as part of the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).

The program is designed to give students a broad perspective of the diverse career pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage study in these fields.

The NYSF is run by youth for youth.

Australian Women of Mathematics Exhibition

Looking to inspire your students with stories from amazing female mathematicians from Australia and New Zealand?

The Australian Women of Mathematics exhibit is an artistic and scientific project that offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through photographs and excerpts of interviews of thirteen women mathematicians throughout Australia and New Zealand.

If you are interested in showcasing this exhibition to your class, you can visit the exhibition website to coordinate.

ANU Secondary College Mathematics Programs

Mathematics Extension Program

Designed for year 11 and 12 students who wish to take advanced courses in mathematics, ANU Extension students will receive credit towards a bachelor degree for the studies successfully completed through this program.

ANU Extension courses can also contribute to a students ATAR aggregate.

More information on these courses can be viewed in the pathways section of this site.

Canberra Mathematics Enrichment Program

The Canberra Mathematics Enrichment program consists of enrichment sessions for Year 8 to Year 12 students.

The Program consists of enrichment sessions, and the option of participating in the International Tournament of Towns - an international competition organised from Moscow in which Canberra students have participated for many years.

School teachers and principals invite students to participate in the program, with the aims of:

  • fostering enjoyment in mathematics
  • developing problem-solving skills
  • preparing for the International Tournament of Towns competition.