World Maths Day, the world’s largest education event, has opened for registration and practice today, ahead of the annual event which takes place on 1 March 2011.
For the fifth year in a row, World Maths Day aims to encourage students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to have a go at maths in a fun, interactive and accessible way. Students aged four to 18 will compete in real time against other students from around the world playing mental arithmetic games on the World Maths Day website and, best of all, participation in World Maths Day is free! All you need is internet access.
The philosophy behind World Maths Day is to get students around the world as excited about maths as they are about sport. As part of an international partnership with UNICEF, students and schools will be encouraged to seek donations from friends and family for their participation in World Maths Day. Donations will be pledged and tallied on the World Maths Day website. In 2011, the aim is to unite the world in numbers and giving to help provide children all over the world with the education they deserve.
This year there are four age categories: four to seven year olds, eight to 10 year olds, 11 to 13 year olds and finally, 14 to 18 year olds. Students and schools can join in whenever they like throughout the 48 hours, although only 100 games will count towards a student’s individual or class points score. Students can continue playing beyond this point to earn points for the Mathometer.
Existing Mathletics schools can sign in on the World Maths Day website with their current usernames and passwords. The official competition will launch around the world on Tuesday 1 March with Auckland, New Zealand as the host city.
For more information about World Maths Day, click here. To read the blog from World Maths Day 2010, click here.
For more information about Mathletics, click here.