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Every year, U.S. students of all ages flaunt their math chops with the American Math Challenge. This free online competition gives participants a chance to compete with their peers in a series of math challenges. The Challenge includes 'live mathletics,' which allow students to play live 60-second math games against others from around the world. Points are also earned through curriculum mathematics challenges, which include short tests and practice activities.
Winning the challenges doesn't just get you bragging rights - it can also win you some great prizes. The top five students will get the chance to represent Team U.S.A. as Ambassadors for World Math Day 2011. And it doesn't stop there: The student with the highest score will receive a gold medal and an iPad, and two runners-up will each win a medal and an iPod Nano. The top 25 students get an iPod Shuffle and a printed certificate, and everyone who participates receives a digital certificate.
The Challenge encourages teachers to sign up their schools or classes. Schools whose participating students average enough points can earn a place in the Math Challenge Hall of Fame. Homeschoolers, students whose schools aren't registering and lifelong learners who are no longer in school can sign up through 'home registration.'
Scott Flansburg, holder of the Guinness World Record for being the 'Fastest Human Calculator,' will visit the top three schools and deliver a presentation on math.
This is the last week to register for the 2010 contest, so don't hesitate! Visit AmericanMathChallenge.com before October 22 to sign up and start practicing. The official challenge starts at 8 a.m. EDT on October 26 and goes through 11 p.m. EDT on October 27.