Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Enjoying World Math Day 2010

Tama 1 and tamāhine 1 are enjoying their experience playing/competing on World Math Day 2010. I didn't place expectations on either of them to finish the first level yesterday, yet surprisingly they did by late afternoon.

Given the fact that they both had plenty of breaks in-between games, including a long break to spend time with visitors, they managed to achieve fantastic scores. Around 5pm or 6pm they moved into Level 2 and played a few games at that level before calling it a day around 9.15pm. Their results for today:

Score Tamāhine 1
High Score ............................... 35
Correct Answers ....................... 3174
Total Score .............................. 3174
Accuracy .................................. 99.09%
Total Questions ....................... 3203
Games Played .......................... 114
Score Tama 1
High Score ............................... 39
Correct Answers ....................... 3335
Total Score .............................. 3335
Accuracy .................................. 99.58%
Total Questions ....................... 3349
Games Played .......................... 114
As the family headed upstairs to bed whaiāipo and I congratulated them for doing so well and tama 1 said, "yes, I feel very happy with what I did today. We both had a lot of fun."

Here's something we simply DIDN'T expect to happen.

If you look carefully at the avatars, you may figure it out ...
It didn't happen just once either!

At first we thought it was simply pure and utter coincidence.

[If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you may recall I said in a previous post that I told tamāhine 1 she and her brother wouldn't be playing each other? Well, guess who has to eat her words now!!I]

When it happened for the third time I didn't know if they should carry on playing each other because I didn't know if we were breakling any Rules. It bothered me they might get eliminated. So, I went back through the set-up to double-check our kids ages were still loaded correctly, and yes, they were correct. After checking the Rules I felt comfortable they were playing each other because Rule 2 says that prizes will be given to age groups and the first age group is 5-8 years of age. So that must mean they were okay to be matched with each other, being that tama 1 is 8 years old and tamāhine 1 is 6 years old eh?

How did it happen? Well, here's my theory ...

For the bulk of the day the kids started games at different intervals to each other, but as the afternoon drew on, one of the kids noticed the other had played more games, and well, they wanted to be even-stevens.

When we caught up I suggested if they wanted to be even-stevens, then we should start each game at the same time; which is how I believe they were matched together. It would appear to me (and yes, I can be wrong here) that the World Math Day server works out the players at the time you press the "yes" button to play a game. Because they pressed "yes" at the same time, and they fall within the age group of 5 to 8, that's how they ended up in the same game(s).

[So now, to get around the kids competing with each other, they're taking turns to start each game.]

Even so, with the thousands upon thousands of kids playing, it's still jolly amazing they were allocated the same games!!!

Check out the next screenshot ... our kids are the only competitors!!!
This morning they got underway around 10 am again.

If they manage to finish Level 2 it will be very late tonight as we will head into town for a few hours this afternoon. Besides, they're both pretty tired from their efforts yesterday and their enthusiasm might not be as high as they were yesterday ... but I did say might.

Level 1 was nice and easy -> single digit additions.

Level 2 moves into double digit plus single digit addition. Requires practise to get back into the swing of adding bigger numbers, but after a dozen games they're getting back into it. Their accuracy has dropped as well as their high scores, but they've won a few games which certainly is encouraging.

It's not only math but geography (learning flags, looking at the world map to see where countries are, identifying cultural names, understanding time zones etc) and technology (using a computer etc). If I thought long and hard about it, I'd probably figure out a few more subjects it fits into.

Big thumbs up for World Math Day 2010. Will note our diary for next year.


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ka kite ano

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