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article imageWorld Maths Day unites children around the world

By Kimberley Pollock     Mar 4, 2011 in World
On Tuesday millions of children from around the world played online arithmetic games to raise money for UNICEF and to get their name on the prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’ honour board.
World Maths Day is part of the World Education Games, which also includes World Spelling Day. The Games aim to get students from all over the world as excited about maths and spelling as they are about sport.
A record 5.3 million children from 218 countries competed in four age categories: 4-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18. This year there was also an adult's category but only students in the 4 to 18 age categories are eligible for the trophies, gold medals and certificates. The adults had to be content with just having fun!
Speed and quick fingers were needed to play the 60 second online games. Players progressed through five progressively harder levels with 20 questions in each level. Students could play a maximum of 100 games for competition points.
Students could keep playing beyond 100 games but the additional games only counted towards the World Maths Day Mathometer. At the end of the competition the Mathometer reached a phenomenal 428,598,214 correct answers. Slightly down on the 2010 Mathometer record of 479,732,613 correct answers but who’s counting!
As part of World Maths Day student's with a passion for maths were selected to be ambassador's and promote the event in their home countries and write blogs about their experience.
Pakistan's Noor-e-Hira blogs: "Seeing the green and white flag in the Hall of Fame proved to be a matter of honor and pride for the participants, their parents and of course, PAKISTAN but the official results are yet to be announced. *fingers crossed* The Mathometer, the Pledgometer and the unstoppable time along with the exhilaration was a THRILL."
The provisional results have just been posted on the World Maths Day website. Australian and New Zealand students took out the top honours in the individual Hall of Fame age categories with Estonia, Thailand and Malaysia taking out the class group Hall of Fame categories. Taiwan was successful in taking out the parents and teachers category.
The World Education Games also have a partnership with UNICEF and students and schools are encouraged to undertake fundraising activities. 50 per cent of the funds that are raised will be donated to education programs in Mozambique and Vietnam and the other 50 per cent remains with the school. Collectively the students currently have $1,472,006 pledged to UNICEF.
Ireland's Emmett B blogs:"I also am looking forward to presenting UNICEF with the charity cash made from our pi day bake sale which will be held on pi day march 14th or 3/14 . I feel sure it will be a wonderful success!"
World Spelling Day also took place for the very first time yesterday and the results for this competition will be posted as soon as they are available.
Maths was never this fun when I was a kid.
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