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World Math Day – March 23, 2023

World Math Day is on March 23, and we’re counting on you to show up. Flex those brain muscles. Start those cerebral engines. It’s time for the world’s biggest Mathletics event! Every year, millions of students worldwide battle it out online to make Math history. An event buzzing with energy, today is dedicated to the wonderful world of numbers, and if you’re interested in entering the world of college math, here are some mathematics scholarships that may help. Math is beautiful and all around us, but some people’s palms get sweaty, eyes weak, and arms heavy just thinking of math. If this is you, you’re not alone, and it’s okay. World Math Day hopes to change everyone’s mind and aims to change the irrational fear of math into a lifelong fascination.

History of World Math Day

Founded by 3P Learning, World Math Day gives people everywhere a chance to participate in the largest online maths competition on the planet. What makes this competition stand out from the rest? Firstly, all students are welcome, regardless of age and ability levels. What’s more, it combines math problems with multiplayer online gaming, which explains the event’s massive popularity with students.

Speed and accuracy are essential in Live Mathletics, especially since you’re competing against peers globally. The first World Math Day took place in March 2007, where 287,000 students from 98 countries participated. The number of participants has only grown since then. It’s incredible to think that students everywhere are simultaneously logging in and excited to crush a math contest. Because is it just us, or have we lost the joy of learning math along the way? Math isn’t so much a subject for many students (and adults) as it is a source of debilitating anxiety. Math anxiety is a real thing. And no, it isn’t an indicator of a person’s intelligence.

Educational research conclusively shows that math aptitude depends on your attitudes and beliefs. Someone who believes that math is too hard for them thinks of it as essential truth. No amount of tutoring will help, or so they believe. Students also pick up subliminal messages from their environments, such as parental attitudes towards math. Sometimes, teachers can pass on the anxiety in their classrooms. What kills the joy is usually an over-reliance on textbooks without presenting math in relevant ways. It’s a disservice to the beauty of math. Math is as old as human civilization. Math isn’t just a problem to solve but exists everywhere: in the natural world, music, art, and as patterns and harmony in everyday life. Above all, doing math is fun! World Math Day brings people from different cultures together to celebrate a shared love of math.

World Math Day timeline

2500 B.C.
Ancient Egypt and Complex Mathematics

Ancient Egyptians use principles of geometry to calculate the area of circles.

1503 A.D.
Mathematical Theorems in Renaissance Art

 
Leonardo Da Vinci uses the Golden Ratio to paint aesthetically pleasing features of the Mona Lisa’s face.  

1969
Math and Men on the Moon

Scientists calculate spacecraft paths, speed, velocity, distance, and angles to help the first man land safely on the moon.

1975
Math and Music

Composer Philip Glass breaks convention by writing an opera based entirely on math, numbers, and counting.

World Math Day FAQs

Who is the father of maths?

Archimedes is known as the Father Of Mathematics. He lived in Greece from 287 B.C. to 212 B.C.

Who invented math?

The Ancient Greeks first invented math as a subject. Thanks to Pythagoras, an Ionian Greek philosopher, the Greeks established a systematic study of mathematics as we know it today. 

Who invented zero?

Hindu astronomer and mathematician Brahmagupta made the first modern equivalent of zero. He made a dot underneath a number to indicate zero.

World Math Day Activities

  1. Make math fun

    Help your kids discover math in everyday life. Involve them in math-related tasks such as cooking or grocery shopping. Go outside and observe patterns and symmetry in nature. 

  2. Play math games

    Math doesn’t have to be a drag. Go online and discover a new world of engaging math games and challenges. Fair warning: the games are ridiculously addictive!

  3. Create art with math

    Unleash your inner Picasso today. Use different geometrical shapes to depict people, objects, or scenes just like Picasso did. 

5 Facts About Numbers That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Same but different

    The word ‘hundred’ comes from the Old Norse word ‘hundrath,’ meaning 120.

  2. The math behind rabbit litters

    Rabbit litters are known to demonstrate the Fibonacci Sequence, where two rabbits spawn three, who then birth five more, and so on.   

  3. Lucky seven

    Seven occurs almost everywhere: seven colors in the rainbow, seven seas, or seven notes on a scale. 

  4. What are the odds

    In a room of 23 people, two people probably share a birthday.

  5. Four is unique

    In the English language, four is the only number spelled with the same amount of letters as the number. 

Why We Love World Math Day

  1. It’s a one-of-a-kind event

    A celebration of math through games, where you compete with peers around the world? Sign us up immediately!

  2. It is educational for everyone

    World Math Day is for parents and teachers too. The idea is to look at math differently — a journey that starts at home and continues in school.

  3. It’s fun

    Who knew math could be this much fun? Online math games of varying levels and scoreboards at dizzying speeds — it’s (dare we say) almost like a video game. 

World Math Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 23Thursday
2024March 23Saturday
2025March 23Sunday
2026March 23Monday
2027March 23Tuesday

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