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Rock Rest helps set math world record

Rock Rest Elementary School fifth graders joined more than one million students from schools in 160 countries in a quest which set a new world record in answering mental arithmetic questions recently.

The students competed against students from many different countries, which included Albania, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

The Challenge - to correctly answer more than 182,445,169 questions in 48 hours. The students, who play against each other in mental arithmetic games, 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 leveled for different ages and abilities. The games are also open to school-aged private individuals and homeschoolers.

World Math Day has been created for students 5-18 years old. "This is a truly unique world event and a fantastic way to promote numeracy within your school," said Karen DeSantis, from Rock Rest Elementary. "Past results show that students will make significant improvements in their mental arithmetic skills and have fun in the process."

Written by: Karen DeSantis, Rock Rest Elementary
Posted: Apr 30, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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