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World Maths Day February 28, 2011

Posted by stem4kidsinfo in Uncategorized.
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This site is a global competition aiming to promote math.  A game involves 4 randomly selected students (I’m not sure if questions or competing players are selected by level or not) and they must race to answer as many questions as they can before time runs out.  The questions at the first 4 levels are all simple arithmetic, and were very easy for me to win as a 14-year-old, but there’s a bizarre sudden difficulty spike at level 5, which featured square and cube roots of 3- and 4-digit numbers.  The presentation is incredibly complicated and can be very intimidating to a new user.  I like the idea, but the registration process was laborious, and it took me 5 minutes just to make an account, never mind register to a school, however that works.  The rules are very complicated on how many games students can play and how scores are calculated, and frankly it’s all rather intimidating.  I think it might have gone better if they made a “casual” mode to try it and play without an account or point limits, etc.  The whole thing has a very “kiddie” feel with silly hats and such bought using points, and while it seems to attract younger kids, they could have made it more appealing to high school age kids and above.  Overall, I feel that the idea is nice in theory, but is a bit too complex for a younger student to handle and a bit drab for an older student.

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