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Nanxiang students find it all adds up for maths challenge

BRITISH International School Shanghai, Nanxiang students took part in the third annual World Maths Day challenge last week. They were competing among themselves and against students from all over the world.

World Maths Day is an online event in which students must answer as many mental maths questions as quickly as they can in contests lasting one minute. Students race to a finish line scoring points as they go.

The competition runs for 24 hours so there is time for plenty of competitions for every student.

"Our students found themselves in competition with students from Hong Kong, London, Madison and Sydney at the same time and they loved it," says Principal Michael Embley.

Michael Preston, the coordinator of World Maths Day at BISS Nanxiang says: "World Maths Day gave our students the opportunity to pit their mathematical skills against students from 160 different countries and regions. The most important aspect of the entire competition was the improvement of all our students in the speed and accuracy with which they answered the questions. Our students correctly answered over a quarter of a million questions.

"The average improvement in student achievement over the day was 132 percent, with one student improving an incredible 1,430 percent," says Preston. "For me as a maths teacher it was great to see the students enjoying maths in and out of school and it certainly proves that maths can be great fun. Indeed some of the students at Nanxiang campus enjoyed the day so much that they worked very hard indeed."

"Our top scoring students answered a huge number of questions with Richard Lau answering 13,404 questions correctly, David Yang 11,638 and Alex Karlsson 10,569, which is no mean feat by anyone's standards.


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