Mathletes compete in World Maths Day

The students at St. Mar­garet’s Public School love to do the math — andright now they’re competing in a live, online, 48-hour math marathon,up against two million kids around the globe.

The students at St. Mar­garet’s Public School love to do the math — and right now they’re competing in a live, online, 48-hour math marathon, up against two million kids around the globe.

Until 6 a.m. tomorrow, most will spend their mornings, recesses, lunches and even time out of class to complete hundreds of the timed, 60-second quizzes. A few are expected to place among the best in the world, as students — and the school itself — have for the past two years.

The great thing about the World Maths Day competition, which began in 2007, is that it is not just for the math whizzes, points out principal Michelle Mayers, motioning to one girl who counts on her fingers as she solves problems. Another girl in senior kindergarten, who has shown some potential in math, is taking the test at a computer in her classroom.

It has created a real love of numbers at the school, with 120 of 380 in the school registered for the online competition, and who regularly come out for weekly math league sessions. Students write any number of mathematics competitions throughout the year.

“We release kids for basketball tournaments and volleyball tournaments, so why not this?” said Mayers.

Rafsan Kabir, who also competed last year, loves the math league and likes the challenge of the World Maths Day competition.

“You are against everyone around the world,” he said. “It tests quickness, reflexes — and how well you know your times tables.”

 
 
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