It’s that time of year. Across the world teachers are signing up students in their millions to prepare for the start of the biannual World Education Games, October 13-15.
Now in its eighth year, this global online challenge, hosted by 3P Learning, encourages learners to pit their wits against students their age from locations includig China, Turkey, Canada and the United States.
The three-day competition tests students in a variety of friendly, 60-second online games against the clock in spelling, maths and science. In 2013, the last time the game was held, more than 5 million students aged 4 to 18, from more than 200 countries, were a part of what is now the world’s largest online education event.
It is free to enter and is organised by 3P Learning, an award-winning global leader in digital curriculum resources that include the popular Mathletics service, and supported by children’s charity UNICEF. The highest achievers in each age group are awarded medals and certificates, and the challenge aims to set world records for online events this year.
Once registered, pupils can practice for the competition by sharpening their maths, science and spelling skills in a variety of online warm-up activities which have already opened in September. And students who win their regional lead-up events in their countries are usually invited to become "ambassadors" for that country.
Jayne Warburton, CEO at 3P Learning said, “We are delighted by the return of these hugely popular World Education Games, which unite the world in learning. We are proud to partner our innovative digital learning resources with the global force of UNICEF.
"We are already helping schools all over the UK to make learning fun and engaging to improve educational outcomes, and the World Education Games expand on our philosophy of taking education to all. The aim of these games is to get children as excited about their education as they are about their sports and we’ll be announcing some fantastic celebrity ambassadors over the coming months."
The challenge’s global aspect means students learn a bit about geography, and in the past teachers have pointed out another bonus: Some students are so engaged in the contest they go online in their own time to solve maths problems.
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