Kids turn ‘math’magicians

Children from over 8 cities take part in Abacus State-level competitions.

Published: 04th December 2012 10:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2012 10:23 AM   |  A+A-


Ideal Play Abacus India Private Limited (IPA) on Sunday organised the sixth State level Abacus & Mental Arithmetic competition and fourth state level Speed Arithmetic competition here.

The competition was split into two sections of abacus & mental arithmetic and speed arithmetic. “They have to do complex arithmetic involving 5-6 digit numbers and decimals,” said Chitraa Ravindran, Director- Training of IPA, a press release stated. Some problems include solving a string of six digit numbers by addition and subtraction, she added.  In the mental arithmetic competition, the first two rounds had 10 questions, had to be answered in 60 seconds and the third round had 40 questions to be solved in a minute.

On the other hand, the speed arithmetic had first two rounds of 10 questions with a deadline of three minutes and the third round required the children to solve 20 questions in 30 seconds. Shaarada K Sriram, MD of Ideal Play Abacus India Private Limited, observed that the objective of the competition was to provide an opportunity to every child for competing at a higher level and to raise their standard of performance. “We are glad to host this State-level contest in Chennai again.  Children from over 8 major cities across various levels participated,” she added.

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