World Maths Day or World Math Day Occurs on First Wednesday of March
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For some one who has lived and breathed math for good part of my life (having worked in engineering and taught university/college math for almost three decades)…who sees mathematical applications in every aspect of daily life and from any corner of our world, it still bewilders me whenever some one asked, “Why is math necessary?” So, allow me to share with you all a bit of history of math, below:
The inaugural World Maths Day was held on March 13, 2007. 287 000 students from 98 countries answered 38 904 275 questions.The student numbers and the participating countries have steadily increased in the following years as evidenced by the Guinness Record created in 2010, though since then Game limits have caused the number of questions answered to drop each year(In 2015 the number was less than in 2008). In 2012 as the World Education Games, over 5.9 Million students from 240 Countries and Territories around the World registered to take part in the games with the World Maths Day being the biggest attraction. In 2013, it was held between 5–7 March and the awards were presented at the Sydney Opera House to the Champions. In 2015 it was held for 96 hours in October and a similar prize-giving is planned.
World Maths Day involves participants playing 60 second games,with the platform heavily based on “Live Mathletics” found in Mathletics. The contests involve mental math problems appropriate for each age group which test the accuracy and speed of the students as they compete against other students across the Globe. The simple but innovative idea of combining the aspects of multi-player online gaming with math problems has contributed to its popularity around the world. Nowadays there are 10 levels. Level 1 is simple addition to 10, while the higher levels involve converting units for area and volume, Cartesian graphs and factorizing algebraic expressions to name a few.
A number of awards are offered to the students who take part and for those who do well in the event. Additionally the Champions and the Top Ten students in the world are awarded Gold medals every year.There are also a number of National lead-up events in different regions around the world which are also based on the Mathletics format.The winners may become the Ambassadors of their Country for the World Education Games the following year and help to promote the event.
If you are a student or a parent of a student, perhaps you’d like to express interest in World Maths Day or World Math Day at your child’s school or with your child’s math teachers.
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