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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/28/2010

World Math Day competition--Sign up NOW

By Valerie Strauss

If your child--or your class--likes numbers, sign up quickly for Wednesday’s free World Math Day, a live one-day contest in which nearly 2 million kids from all over the planet participate.

Kids ages 5 to 18 and teachers can register here, by Monday, and start practicing math problems immediately. This year, parents and teachers are invited to participate too.

Kids play at home and at school against other students around the world in live math games, each of which lasts for 60 seconds. Each participant can play up to 500 games, earning points for each correct answer. They can't select their own levels but move up as they progress.

The “patron” of the day is Scott Flansburg, who is known as the “human calculator” because he can accurately add, subtract, multiply, divide and do square and cube roots at speeds that are faster than some calculators. He really can do this: I tested him during an interview, which you can read here.

The goal this year is to beat last year’s record: Almost 2 million students from 204 countries, and 38,058 schools, correctly answered 452,681,681 questions.

Here again is the place where you can register your child, or, if you are a teacher, your class. (Mathletics and VmathLive users don't need to register but can use their current username and password.) Kids under age 13 need adult permission.

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By Valerie Strauss  | February 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Math  | Tags:  World Math Day, math  
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