Friday, 10 February 2012

On Tuesday March 1st students will participate in World Math Day, Science Day and Spelling Day worldwide online game/competitions for maths, science and spelling. These event is organized by UNICEF as a way to promote mathematics, spelling and science skills, along with a way to donate to educational support around the world.


The format is:


1 February - The Games open for Practice
6 March - World Spelling Day
7 March - World Maths Day
8 March - World Science Day
23 March - Award Presentations at School Assemblies


About the Competitions



Students are given their own personal online Games centre, from which they can participate in all 3 events from school and home.


Students are matched in real time with up to 3 other  students of similar age and ability in exciting live challenges. For maths and spelling  each challenge lasts 1 minute. For science, each challenge lasts 1 to 3 minutes depending on the  number of participants in a challenge.


Students earn points for correct answers, with their personal tally growing as they complete the challenges.
Each event has 50 challenges in total, meaning students can complete each event in around an hour – either in a computer class at school, and/or from home. Science may take 2 hours to complete. This can be done in separate sittings over the 48 hours of each event.
Students and classes take part in 4 age categories: 4-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-18 years.
On World Maths Day, students progress through 5 levels of difficulty in arithmetic and mental computation, and earn 1 point for every correct answer. Similarly, on World Spelling Day, students progress through 5 levels of difficulty based upon word complexity and context, earning 1 point for every correct answer.
World Science Day is slightly different – with 3 levels of difficulty within each challenge. The easier knowledge questions  are worth 1 point, and the harder application and reasoning questions worth 2 and 3 points. The questions within each challenge take a unique and provocative approach to science, designed to foster curiosity and excitement.
How to Participate
The Registration and practice are open now.


All your students need to participate is Internet access. There is plenty of time for students to sign in and have a go in each event – each event taking about 1 hour to complete.
Age


The age categories for students and teachers are:
Junior Primary/Elementary - ages 4-7
Primary/Elementary - ages 8-10
Middle - ages 11-13
Senior/High - ages 14-18


A student's age is calculated as at 5 March 2012.


Exciting prizes to be won!


For details and registration, visit http://www.worldeducationgames.com/ or contact the librarian.

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