On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 – the first ever World Math Day took place. For 48 hours, students from around the world played in real-time math competitions of speed and skill. More than 287,000 students from 98 countries united to set a new world record by correctly answering 38,904,275 questions correctly in a 48 hour period. In 2010 this year, World Math Day saw students from 235 countries united to set a Guinness World Record for the largest online math competition.
In the United States, regional based “Math Mania” on-line events begin in 2007, which were, in essence, mini-World Math Days. Students within a district, state, and even region would compete to answer the most math questions correctly in a given period of time – often 48 hours.
The first ever American Math Challenge was held in November of 2009. 68,578 students from 1,329 schools across the United States took part in this one week challenge. Together, they answered more than 42,861,148 questions correctly – that’s more than the first world record set in 2007 on World Math Day.
As demand for Math Mania’s grew, it was time to combine these smaller Math Mania events into one huge national math competition – The American Math Challenge.
This year, the second annual American Math Challenge will be held on October 26-28, 2010. American students will log on and take part in this historic event. Great prizes will be awarded to the top students, classes, and schools. USA Team Ambassadors for World Math Day 2011 will be selected from the American Math Challenge.