Due to the limited space available, the lower grade registration is full. However, at the request of many parents, we have decided to tear down a wall in our newly leased unit to accommodate more students. Currently G9-10 and G11-12 still have seats available. 


Presenter: National Lead Coach of the USA IMO Team, Dr. Po-Shen Loh

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University


New Perspectives on Mathematics

On October 28, Saturday, the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team coach, Dr. Po-Shen Loh, will conduct a series of seminars and lectures at Olympiads School. He will offer a unique learning experience and inspire students to discover new perspectives on mathematics.

Dr. Loh is a math enthusiast and a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated from California Institute of Technology (CalTech).  As an academic, Dr. Loh has earned numerous distinctions, from an International Mathematical Olympiad silver medal to the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. As an educator, he led Carnegie Mellon University’s math team to its first ever #1 rank among all North American universities. He also led the USA Math Olympiad Team to its first ever, back-to-back #1 rank victories.

Dr. Loh is also the founder of Expii, an online education platform. Through Expii, Dr. Loh extends his activity to the global mainstream, combining algorithms and crowdsourcing to deliver a free artificial intelligence powered tutor to the world of math and science.



Dr. Loh will give 3 lectures to cater to students in different grade levels. He will discuss applications of math in real life, the beauty of math, and fun ways to effectively learn math. He will also guide students through problem-solving and explain his thought processes.


The topics and times for the 3 lectures are as follows:

1)         Grade 6 to 8: Math, Games, and Strategy

What is the secret to finding the best path through life? It might involve math. In this talk, he’ll talk about some games and use them to inspire discussions about strategy, which ultimately connects math and real life. You might even learn how to win at Monopoly.

2)         Grade 9 to 10: Big Numbers

It’s easy to generate large numbers for their own sake. A more interesting question is whether huge numbers ever arise naturally from simple-looking situations. We’ll explore this by engaging with an International Math Olympiad problem.

3)        Grade 11 to 12 (including COMC, CMO, IMO): To Memorize or Not to Memorize?

On a standard chessboard, 64 coins have been placed, one per square. Some are facing heads-up, and some are facing tails-up, but there is no system or pattern. You are to study the board, and then turn away. Exactly one coin will be flipped over. When you turn back, you are to identify exactly which coin has been flipped. How difficult is it to do this? If you can memorize enough information to handle this challenge, can you handle 256 coins on a 16×16 board?


This talk will weave together several fascinating topics in mathematics and communication theory. Students will also learn an impressive parlor trick to shock friends and family.

Olympiads School would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Loh, who took time out of his busy schedule to come to our school.

Due to the limited space available, these lectures were only available to Olympiads School students. Students who take math courses have priority in registering for Dr. Loh’s lectures.


The following information is the lecture schedule:

Grades Grade 7-8 Grade 9-10 Grade 11-12
Date & Time Sat. Oct. 28

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 28

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 28

4:50 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.


* Grade 11 – Grade 12 (including COMC, CMO, IMO)


If you are interested, please CLICK HERE to register.

The registration fee is $10/person (2 hours).