[Press Release] Mathletes get ready… World Maths Day is back!

*Japanese press release 日本語版 : https://mathleticsjapan.jp/2021/04/26/648/

Has your school registered?  www.worldmathsday.com

Time for students around the world to prime those maths brains and flex those fingers, World Maths Day is back in 2021.  Teachers, students and parents are invited to register to take part in the biggest online global maths event held across 48 hours on Wednesday 5th May, 2021.  Registration opens today at www.worldmathsday.com  May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan.  Challenge lasts 48 hours until May 6th.

To celebrate the Month of the Military Child, along with the double-launch of Mathletics Japan and the  

I Love Okinawa Campaign’s 30th Anniversary Planning Committee, we would like to provide FREE access to ALL DODEA schools on Okinawa starting from Kadena Middle School, Bechtel Elementary, Kadena and Kubasaki High Schools along with any Okinawa school participating in active exchange.  We make this offer in hopes to support exchange between our communities and the rest of the world. 

Unna JHS in Onna Village is our 1st Public Pilot School.  As part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s (MEXT) GiGa School Project (Global and Innovation Gateway for All), all students in Japan’s compulsory education will be provided access to tablets.  A huge undertaking accelerated by the needs brought on by the pandemic.  The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is supporting this project.

https://www.learning-innovation.go.jp/  Onna Village is home to the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

World Maths Day is an international celebration of mathematics hosted by 3P Learning, creators of online mathematics program Mathletics.   On this day, over a million students aged four to 18 in over 17,000 schools in 150 countries are expected to participate.  It’s free, all-inclusive, and open to schools as well as students learning from home.  Especially during these “stay at home” holidays. 

In Okinawa, when Mr. Edward (CEO of imagineifpro) was an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) at Koza JHS,  He first came across this challenge at Kadena (Air Base) Middle School while preparing for a school exchange.  Kids were participating in the World Education Games which included Maths.  “When I discovered how much fun these kids were having I decided it’s time to bring it to Japan. It serves as an excellent tool for exchange between kids.”

Since then, our  I Love Okinawa Campaign® endorsed Mathletics as a way for kids to gain confidence in Maths, English and a perfect platform for global awareness with fun challenges. 

• Our kids today are the ones who will create the solutions for tomorrow.

Now with 8 years to go before the goal line of UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we launch Mathletics Japan (powered by imagine..if productions) with Japanese guidance hoping for maximum participation for the popular World Math Day Challenge. https://mathleticsjapan.jp

With the help of our first affiliate partners, Kokusaba Learning Partners, and School Tribe.com, we hope for nationwide participation. 

• Okinawa schools are eligible to join this special Pilot School Program only available through Mathletics Japan.  Sign up for our Pilot School Program (terms and conditions apply). 

• If selected, your school can gain full access to Mathletics & Readiwriter in exchange for feedback. 

Last year, Okinawa International School (OIS) as one of our pilot schools during the November Numeracy came in 2nd place for the Silver Award out of 674 schools worldwide.  

World Maths Day allows students to test their skills and compete against their peers from around the world in 20 live one-minute maths challenges.  The goal is simple, get as many questions correct as you can within one minute and be crowned the winning mathlete while also participating in fun activities that highlight the wonder of numbers.  

The Champions Challenge is a new addition to the 2021 competition where the top students for each age group are invited back three weeks after World Maths Day to compete in a knockout tournament.  As part of the Champions Challenge, secondary aged students will have their event live streamed, bringing maths and esports together.

3P Learning’s Global Education Lead Christopher Hogbin said:  “World Maths Day is about celebrating maths, having fun, and about being connected on a global scale. World Maths Day is one day where we have equity in education, a chance for everyone to get on board regardless of your math ability, your financial position or social standing.  We encourage all students to ‘have a go’, unite with students around the world and practice those skills in a fun learning environment.”

World Maths Day has grown exponentially since its beginning in 2007.  It holds the world record for the most participants in an online mathematics competition.   In 2015, 150 countries were represented.

In Australia, 250,000 students in 3,000 schools are expected to participate in World Maths Day 2021.

Let’s do our best to get as many students or MORE in JAPAN,  from Okinawa to Hokkaido.


“Let’s get on board and celebrate our kids participation in learning and enjoying maths.” Added Chris.

For more information or to interview 3P Learning’s Global Education Lead Christopher Hogbin, contact:

Marlene Richardson | GasbagPR | 0409 888 218 | marlene@gasbagpr.com.au

For more information about World Maths Day Challenge in Japan, contact Mr. Edward 

edward@mathleticsjapan.jp powered by imagine..if productions

Competition format.

World Maths Day – What is the format of the competition?

World Maths Day is on Wednesday 5th May, 2021. (Children’s Day in Japan) https://mathleticsjapan.jp

World Maths Day ends 48 hours after it starts to account for global time differences.

Students log into Mathletics and compete against peers from around the world in 20 one-minute challenges. The goal is simple: get as many questions correct as you can within one minute and be crowned the winning mathlete!

Every correct answer is worth 1 point towards a student’s score.  Students strike out early if they answer three questions incorrectly.  The Live Mathletics levels that a student must play depend on a student’s registered year group.

Students progress through 20 live maths games, of varying difficulties based on the student’s age.  Students and schools can participate whenever they like throughout the 48 hours, with the scores from their first 20 challenges counting towards their individual and school Word Maths Day total.

An online Hall of Fame will track points throughout the competition with prizes to be awarded to the top students and schools. Trophies will be awarded to the Top Scoring School across all year group categories. Gold, silver and bronze medals will go to the Top Scoring Students in each year group category. 

Top students for each age group will be invited back 3 weeks after World maths Day to compete in the Champions Challenge, a knockout tournament.  As part of the Champions Challenge, secondary aged students will have their event live streamed, bringing maths and esports together.

How Do Schools Register to be involved?

Mathletics-subscribed schools and home users are already registered to compete! For non-subscribed schools and parents, registrations are open.  Sign up at worldmathsday.com and get your students ready by participating in the event Warm Up.  

It’s free to register.

About 3P Learning

3P Learning offers a B2B suite of learning resources designed for schools and families, covering mathematicsspelling, and literacy.

With over 10 years at the helm of Ed Tech in Australia, 3P Learning is an Australian success story and a global leader in the online education market, and trusted resource for teachers with 60% market share in Primary schools in Australia and New Zealand, a strong foothold in secondary schools, well established in the UK, Canada and South Africa and an ever-growing presence in the USA.

3P Learning creates and distributes award-winning products such as flagship Mathletics, Readiwriter and Reading Eggs.
A global team of passionate education and technology gurus who have been improving the learning outcomes and sparking a love of learning in over 4.5 million students in over 18,000 schools globally for more than a decade.