Most Math questions answered-world record set
by worldwide students
6]NEW YORK / LONDON/ PARIS/ TOKYO-- More than 1,000,000
students from 150 countries logged onto the Internet
yesterday as they took part in World
Math Day and set a new world record for the
most Math questions answered: 182,455,169 correct answers!
Photo:Red Hill Primary School pupils Charlotte
Beynon, four, Niamh Harket and Alex Wohlman, both five BR10543
Competitors logged onto a math-based website
and tried to answer questions while they were pitted against
students from other countries. Students from nearly 150 countries
took on the challenge.
Pupils at Red Hill Primary School, Chislehurst,
took part in three days of activities involving the subject
with help from the World of Maths, a group of experts who
visit schools to help with pupils' maths.
Headteacher Margaret Warner said: "It has all
added up to be a total success, and I am so glad the children
have had so much fun with maths."
Sheriel Walker, also in the fifth grade, was the
top math student in Florida last year. This year, she is facing
off against international competition in China, Japan, Sweden
and Germany. World Math Day is about more than just arithmetic.
"They are learning geography skills," Klein said. "They are
learning some reading skills and they are learning to be good
Photo:Sunshine Beach State School teacher
Carol Sharpe and students (L-R) Emilie Richeux, Chloe Garrett,
Matt Spinks and Jacob Wilkinson get into the numbers on World
Maths Day. Photo by Geoff Potter
Emma Morris, aged 12, from Year 8 at Woodhouse
Middle School in Biddulph (UK), said: "I found it hard to
beat some of the children from countries like China and Russia
- it has been very challenging."
Here is the complete top 5:
1. Tatiana D from Team Australia, Australia on
2. Rock T from George Heriots School, UK on 62,273
3. Kaya G from The McDonald College, Australia on 59,300
4. Chris T from The English College, United Arab Emirates
5. TK from Garden International School, Malaysia on
In 2007 287,000 students from 98 countries
answered 38,904,275 questions correctly
Facts from 2007 World Maths Day
34% average improvement in mental maths speed
109 was the most questions answered in 60 seconds
23 – the number of developers in the World Maths
127 – the number of kids trying to hack the World Maths
Day website during the 2007 event
For more information, go to WorldMathDay.com.