Tuesday 13 March 2007 saw the launch of the inaugural competition, focussing only on mathematics. Education was combined with the power of the internet to unite school students around the globe. The Live Mathletics game engine provided the perfect platform to support the event. In 48 hours over 287,000 students from 98 countries took part to smash the world record and answer 38,904,275 questions correctly. Out of the success of this day, World Maths Day was born!
World Maths Day returned in 2008 with the site open for practice during the month of February. The site received fantastic response from this practice period with some amazing statistics… 1 million students, in 20,000 schools across 150 countries!
The official competition began on Wednesday 5th March. The 48 hours following showed how much more participation this year had in comparison to the “humble” beginnings of 2007. Over 182,455,169 questions were logged as answered correctly in those 48 hours!
A new look website for World Maths Day 2009 opened for practice on 1 February. The site again received a HUGE response during the practice period, with iPod Touches given away to some lucky students.
The official competition kicked off around the world on Wednesday 4 March 2009, with the following 48 hours proving to be the biggest event yet! A staggering 1,952,879 students from 38,058 schools in 204 countries answered over 452,681,681 questions correctly.
In 2010 a new game design was launched, with 5 different levels for each of the age categories. Also, for the first time, a 500 game cap (or 50 challenge cap) was placed on individual point scoring potential, to discourage students from staying awake overnight to compete- resulting in sleep loss over World Maths Day (not to mention teachers!).
2,403,526 students participated from 236 countries, correctly answering 479,732,613 questions. Due to the amazing work of students around the world, a Guinness World Record was set – what an achievement! It was also great to see governments around the world supporting World Maths Day!
2011 witnessed the birth of the World Education Games, with the launch of World Spelling Day. It was also the year in which UNICEF joined as an Official Worldwide Partner, with the aligned goal of helping unite the world in learning.
What a phenomenal response – 5.5 million students from 235 countries and territories registered to take part in this global union! Congratulations to the United Kingdom, who were winners of the inaugural 2011 World Education Cup – and to Malaysia, winners of the 2011 Maths World Cup.
Building on the success of 2011, the World Education Games broadened its participation opportunities by introducing World Science Day. With the complete set of World Spelling Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day, the Games saw 5.5 million participants register for the event.
The Games strengthened its partnership with UNICEF, with the birth of the School-in-a-Box program. Schools and businesses worldwide embraced the program and raised enough funds to donate over 30,000 children in vulnerable areas access to educational materials through the School-in-a-Box kits they supply. 2012 also saw Samsung become a global partner for the Games, matching our passion in technology-driven education.
Congratulations to the Education, Spelling and Science Cup winners Malaysia – and to Maths Cup winners Australia for their student’s and classes achievements!