This significant appointment brings together a person who has inspired countless numbers of students and teachers over 20 years, with the world’s biggest education event. It is a partnership built on inspiring enthusiasm and passion for math in every student around the world, regardless of their ethnic or socio-economic background.
Flansburg said “It is a tremendous honour to be appointed Patron of this prestigious event. With more than a million students competing last year from 164 countries, you know that this event is something extraordinary and inspirational.”
World Math Day is a free web-event where students from across the globe compete live against other students of similar age and ability, answering mental arithmetic questions in 60 second challenges. The goal is to unite together and answer as many questions as possible.
In 2008, 1,099,128 students united to correctly answer more than 182 million questions – creating a new world record.
In 2009, the event is being held on 4 March, and with more than 950,000 students already registered, it is anticipated the World Record will be easily beaten.
One final thing. In 2008, no American student finished in the top 10. Perhaps in 2009, with 275,000 American students already registered, the story will be very different...
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Facts from World Math Day 2008
In 2008, a record number of children, from a record number of countries participated:
• 164 countries;
• 7,542 cities;
• 9,583 schools;
• 1,099,128 students;
• 5,172,844 sign ins during the event;
• 182,455,169 correctly answered questions.
• There was an average improvement 30% in mental maths speed for children involved;
• 96 was the most questions answered in 60 seconds;
• Whilst no student from the United States finished in the top 10 students, a 5th grade class from Creek View Elementary finished a 4th in the world.
Some of the countries represented in 2008
Schools and student participated from the following countries:
Albania, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Brunei Darussalam, Cote d’Ivoire, Canada, Canary Islands, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
About the event
What do students do?
Students play against each other in mental arithmetic games. Students are captivated by the fact that they are playing in real time. Each game lasts for 60 seconds. Students can play as many games as they wish. The questions are appropriately levelled for children of different ages and abilities.
Why should schools take part?
This is a truly unique world event and a fantastic way to promote numeracy within your school. Past results show that students will make significant improvements in their mental arithmetic skills and have fun in the process. And, it's absolutely free to participate.
Can individuals and home schoolers take part?
Yes. We welcome school-aged children and homeschoolers to register and participate. It's a great way to improve numeracy and mental arithmetic skills while having fun in the process.
Is it difficult to organise?
It could not be easier! Registration on the site is quick and easy. Once you have registered we send you an email with simple instructions for getting started. All your students need to play is internet access at home or school. The official competition runs for 48 hours.
What age range is the event designed for?
World Maths Day has been created for students 5-18 years old. Even teachers will want to take part!
Can I register just a class?
Schools can register as many or as few students as they wish, the site is open long enough for everyone to have a go.
When does the event start?
The event is held on the first Wednesday in March each year. In 2009, World Math Day is held on Wednesday 4 March.
As the event runs for as long as it is 4 March somewhere in the world, this means the event runs for a total of 48 hours. World Math Day commences when it is midnight in New Zealand – being 6.00am 3 March in Washington.
Elementary - Ages 5 to 7 (Level 1)
Middle - Ages 8 to 11 (Levels 2 and 3)
High - Ages 12+ (Level 4)
All prize winners will have to complete a Verification of Results form after the event before receiving their prize. Provisional winners will be contacted by email in the week after World Math Day.
Minted Gold Medals – World Champions
The student answering the highest number of questions correctly in each age group (Elementary, Middle, High) will be the World Champion and receive a Minted Gold Medal.
Gold Medals - Top 10
The top 10 students in each age group (Elementary, Middle, High) answering the highest number of questions correctly will receive Gold Medals.
Printed World Math Day Gold Award – Top 50
The top 50 students in each Age group (Elementary, Middle, High) will receive a printed certificate Gold Award sent by post.
World Math Day Gold Award – 4,000 questions
Every student who correctly answers 4,000 questions or more will receive a digital certificate Gold Award.
World Math Day Participation Certificate - All
All students who participate will receive a digital certificate for participation.
Trophies – Top 10
The Top 10 Classes in each of age group will receive a specially engraved World Math Day Trophy.
Printed World Math Day Gold Award – Top 50
The top 50 classes in each Age group (Elementary, Middle, High) will receive a printed certificate Gold Award sent by post.
The educational value of World Maths Day
Debunking the myth that you are a ‘maths person’, or you are not.
First and foremost, the greatest benefit of World Math Day is the event’s disregard for the notion that you are either a ‘maths person’ or not. It makes maths exciting and engaging for all school-aged children – regardless of cultural or socio-economic background, and regardless of ability.
Every child plays against other children at their own speed and ability level.
Every student has a chance to be a part of a world record in mathematics, regardless of their relative ability or age.
Significant Improvement in the core mental maths skill.
World Math Day (worldmathday.com) uses a high-performance version of the live game engine from Vmathlive and LiveMathBowl.
The 3P Learning game engine delivers a dramatic improvement in mental maths skills. These skills are about the speed and accuracy with which you make mental calculations. It is about developing automaticity - the better a student’s automaticity, the greater their ability to apply themselves to more complex problem solving.