World Maths Day – October 15, 2019

Tue Oct 15

What is World Maths Day?

World Maths Day is celebrated on October 15 each year. Since its founding in 2007 by 3P Learning, the popularity of World Maths Day has multiplied fast. The day encourages students globally to take a break from standard day to day math lessons. Instead, they can participate in competitive math-themed games, giving them the opportunity to win prizes and scholarships


World Maths Day Related Holidays

We celebrate S.T.E.M. – S.T.E.A.M. Day every year on November 8. This day is meant to encourage children to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Celebrate by exploring your own hobbies, strengthening your S.T.E.A.M. skills and donating to S.T.E.A.M. programs. 
World Teachers’ Day comes around October 5 every year. We all have that one teacher who pushed us in the right direction, made us feel seen, and inspired us to pursue a specific career. This World Teaches’ Day, celebrate the educators who made a difference in your life!
National Mentoring Month is celebrated every January. Whether they showed you how to paint or play a sport, mentors have been guiding us through our lives since the dawn of communication. Show them how much you appreciate their help and support this National Mentoring Month.

World Maths Day - History

Created in 2007 by digital learning resource 3P Learning, World Maths Day encourages students around the world to engage in online competitive games centered around mental math problems. The platform’s games are aimed towards students aged 4-16 with the purpose of improving accuracy and confidence in arithmetic and problem solving. 
In order to participate, teachers can log onto 3P Learning’s site and purchase a subscription, giving them access to not only the program’s math resources but education resources in all subjects. If you’re a parent and wish for your child to participate in the event or want to support their studies at home, feel free to visit the site and purchase your own subscription. 
Unable to afford the subscription rate? No worries, help your child study by taking 30 minutes to an hour out of your day to practice math. Not only is this good for your child’s development, but it helps you keep your brain engaged, healthy, and strong! 

World Maths Day timeline

6th Century BCE

Rise of the Pythagoreans

Pythagoreans (followers of Pythagoras) created the word "mathematics."


Does not compute

The first educational computer game, called Logo, was created by Seymore Papert and Wally Fuerzeig.


Looking to the future

Common Core math was implemented throughout U.S. schools in order to prepare students for college.


World record!

World Maths Day 2010 set the Guinness World Record for largest math competition with 1,204,766 participants in 235 countries!

World Maths Day FAQs

Why do we celebrate World Maths Day?

World Maths Day is celebrated every year in order to encourage students around the world to sharpen their skills in arithmetic and problem solving.

Is there a National Math Day?

National Mathematics Day is an Indian holiday celebrated in honor of mathematician Sir Srinivasa Ramanujan on his birthday, December 22.

Who is the father of mathematics?

Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, is considered to be the father of mathematics and made his most substantial contributions in geometry.

World Maths Day Activities

  1. Befriend a mathematician

    Surround yourself with someone that is a master at math and you'll slowly becoming more adept at solving math problems yourself.

  2. Participate in a math-a-thon

    Sounds epic, right? There are math contests happening all throughout the country so odds are there's one in your neck of the woods. Not ready for primte time? Gather your friends, family, kids – and create the ultimate math-a-thon on your own.

  3. Do some math puzzles online

    Find some fun math sites on the internet. Go play with these puzzles, and start problem solving. There is so much to do! For example, check out: or

Why We Love World Maths Day

  1. Math is fun

    Mathematics is really fun! Don't believe us? Think about the video games or card games that you love to play — many of them are built on math problems! Sometimes just sitting back and doing a few problems can be relaxing and challenging.

  2. Math helps us become problem solvers

    In a world plagued with problems, the problem solvers rise to the occasion. The mathematical problems we always encountered in the classroom, the exercises and the assignments that our teacher has assigned – these are all opportunities to exercise our brains, preparing us for larger and more challenging problems in real life.

  3. Math is life

    1+1 = 2. We use math for everyday tasks, like doing groceries, maintaining a monthly budget, and planning for vacations. Numbers are everywhere!

World Maths Day dates
2019October 15Tuesday
2020October 15Thursday
2021October 15Friday
2022October 15Saturday
2023October 15Sunday