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Friday, 16 October 2015 17:34

WEG does not mean WAG – school is in for these highly competitive kids


Some of Australia’s brightest boys and girls from kindergarten to year 12 competed in the incredibly popular World Education Games (WEG) – yes, this is global.

The games - an online event for students - are like the Olympics of math and more. ‘Kinders’ solve pattern like puzzles – most are born with a smartphone these days – and the maths based problems get harder as you get older.

The students also earn points – one per correct answer – that count towards money donated by 3P to UNICEF that provides long-term humanitarian aid to children and mothers in developing countries. The Aussies were on track to achieve one million points. On a global level, in excess of 167,000,000 points have been raised. The points are converted to money that UNICEF uses to provide resources to disadvantaged schools.

The WEG program is run globally by Sydney firm 3P Learning. It uses its Mathletics program as the basis of this event. It also incorporates Spellodrome and IntoScience into WEG that started in 2007.

“The Internet shrinks the world. WEG is all about helping students to learn via competition in a fun way,” said Andrew Smith – MC for the event and 3P employee.

Microsoft  is a major global partner and in Australia and in Australia it is supported by Macquarie.

Microsoft provides Surface 3 tablets for the epic play off and networking support. Sarah Vaughan has the amazing title of Director, Developer Evangelism and Experience. I spoke to her about Microsoft’s support.

“It is our first year and we are so pleased to be globally supporting the World Education Games. It is not just about the competition – it is about teaching kids to love learning,” she said looking proudly at her son who was competing in WEG.

“You know the countries that have benefited the most from technology take it for granted – appreciate it the least. The countries that need technology to advance appreciate it the most. That is why countries like the Philippines, Malaysia, and Pakistan are amongst the top performers – they know the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to get ahead,” she said.

At the time of writing ‘Zac M’ from Camberwell Primary held third place, ‘Tommy L’ from Team Australia was fourth and ‘Johsua S’ from Mt Lawley Primary School was fifth – an amazing almost trifecta.

First and second places are ‘Filbert Ephram W’ from Team Philippines and ‘Austin M’ from the USA. This is highly completive stuff.

Thanks to 3P, Microsoft and the thousands of school kids for making WEG such an important games and helping UNICEF along the way.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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