World Maths Day Official Launch
Cammeray Public School had an extra buzz yesterday as it hosted the official launch for World Maths Day 2009. The school is located just north of Sydney, official host city for 2009. With the official competition due to begin in just over a week, it was a fitting moment to bring the Australian ambassadors together, along with 30 Year 6 students from Cammeray Public School.
Not only were students competing on computers, the Launch also saw the introduction of the new World Maths Day Application for the iPod touch (this follows the recently released Live Mathletics Application for the iPod). World Maths Day has now gone mobile, students no longer have to be on a computer to connect with other students around the world. The four Australian ambassadors were later presented with their official ambassador iPods, a privilege which extends to all ambassadors.
The day saw its fair share of drama, Australian ambassador and 2008 World Maths Day champion Tatiana D was on a flight to Sydney that experienced difficulties and had to return to her home city of Melbourne.
Total registrations for World Maths Day are now well over the million mark, currently at 1,031,083. This includes 28,501 schools from a total of 231 countries.
The event is also drawing interest from political leaders worldwide. New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys will officially launch the competition on 4th March at Thorndon School, Wellington. Recently, the UK Minister for Science and Innovation Lord Drayson met personally with the UK team behind World Maths Day, following their win at the prestigious BETT awards.
The most active countries on the website are the United Kingdom and the United States of America with 323,024 and 287,095 registrations respectively. Yesterday afternoon the US was in place to overtake the UK for most registrations, however a surge of registrations overnight has seen the UK pull ahead again.
Will a champion emerge from one of these countries?
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