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My Interview with the Human Calculator!

Sharan here from The Glasgow Academy and one of the UK Ambassadors for the World Education Games.

 

I hope all of you have had a look at the new format of the World Education Games. I am sure you all have tried out the new World Science Day website and agree with me that it is a great and exciting concept. I have been doing my bit to promote the games both at school and elsewhere. The excitement is catching on fast and hopefully millions of you not only register but also take part in the games!

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At the London launch of the WEG I had the opportunity to chat to the World Ambassador for the games, Mr Scott Flansburg AKA the Human Calculator! He had some interesting observations and you might want to hear them. I have posted a video clip of our chat:

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Lastly I hope you all have a good time and lots of fun playing the games and I’ll get in touch with you once it is over.

Good luck to everyone!

A Visit From The Human Calculator

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On the 1st of February 2012 years 5 and 6 at Colston’s Primary in the UK, had a visit from Scott Flansburg or as he’s more commonly known, The Human Calculator. When he came into the hall after lunch, Eve his travelling companion talked about World Maths Day and what other events were happening this year. We suggested the Olympics and then Eve asked us what athletes do to take part in the Olympics. “Do they just turn up one day and run?” she asked, I said they had to train or practice.

That brought us on nicely to Scott’s welcoming because he was hiding in our classroom waiting for Eve’s introduction to finish; then she signalled for him come in to the hall and introduce himself to us. He said that as well as warming up for sport and other activities we also need to warm up our brains as well, so I put my hand up and he said first hand up will help me warm up my brain, that was me so he asked if I could give him 5 two digit numbers so I gave numbers like 67+26+58+96+58= and Eve sat down on his iPad and put the calculator app on and typed in the numbers as we went along and before Eve could press enter he shouted out the answer right after I said the 5 numbers. So we did that a couple of times until he came onto another subject for maths.

He talked about the 11 times table and how easy it was. He said if you do the 11 times table up to 10 times it wasn’t actually maths at all, it was just memory. He said to really do maths for the 11 times table you need to have a method. For example: 45 times 11, first you move the 4 and the 5 to the bottom of your answer staying at the end it came from, then you plus the 4 and the five together which equals 9 so your answer should be 495 if I remember it correctly that is how it should go.

After an amazing and inspiring talk about that, Scott talked about something that puzzled me for a long time, why do numbers look the way they do? Why the odd shapes? Scott said it took him about 30 years to figure it out but if you look at the number 0 it has 0 angles and 1 it isn’t just one straight line, it’s got the little flick at the top to give it 1 angle. We did that up to nine and by then we were all completely star struck.

We were sort of coming off mental maths and coming on to the subject of World Maths Day, World Spelling Day and World Science Day. We were all given cards saying Date of Birth a box underneath it and again Date of Birth with Monday to Sunday written at the Bottom then we were given pencils and we went up to Scott Flansburg and he could tell you what day your Birthday was when you have written down your Date of Birth.

I would like to say well done to Scott Flansburg and for Mathletics for being the best math experts in the world.

The Launch Of The World Education Games With The Human Calculator!

The World Education Games 2012 has launched in the UK!

It was a fun packed, week long launch, with the support of Scott Flansburg, aka The Human Calculator! The week started off with the ambassador launch in London, where the ambassadors got to meet Scott and spend some time with him, as well as getting some excellent media training, including how to do TV and radio interviews.

Ambassadors with the Human Calculator at the TV studio

Radio training for the ambassadors

The ambassadors also went outside to challenge members of the public on their maths skills….with the ambassadors winning every time!

Ambassadors challenging the general public

The rest of the week was spent travelling around several schools with Scott who put on a fantastic show and inspired hundreds of children and schools to enter the World Education Games.

Scott with some of the pupils from the Broadlands school in Keynsham, Bristol

We also managed to get some excellent media covergae from the week and Scott featured on many radio stations as well as regional news channels with the schools.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16813132

Thank you to everyone that was involved and supported us during the week, and we hope that you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

We are all now looking forward to the games themselves…good luck with the practice.

 

Message from Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator, Patron of World Maths Day

To all students,

Welcome to the World Education Games 2011! It’s fantastic to see students from all over the world taking part in this truly global event!  5,288,713 students from 32,513 schools in 238 nations are taking part in World Math Day 2011!

Keep playing as we unite to set another Guinness World Record for the largest online math competition in the world!

I’m counting on you!

Yours truly,

Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator

Global Ambassador for World Math Day and Mathletics

USA Ambassador Evelyn Takes on The Today Show

Hi everyone, this is Evelyn, reporting in from the East Coast of the United States.

On Saturday, February 19, my mom told me that I had a great opportunity connected to World Math Day: a chance to be on the Today show with other USA Ambassadors. After a lot of thought, I decided to go to the show.

On Monday, my mom and I took a train into New York City. We stayed overnight in the city. On Tuesday we went to the offices of 3P Learning, the company that runs Mathletics.

There I met Kelvin and AJ, other USA ambassadors that would be going on the Today show with me. I also met Joe Stassi, Alexander Dalrymple, and Peter Walters, the CEO of 3P Learning.

We took taxis to Rockefeller  Center, where the show was filmed. We stayed in the “Green Room” until it was our turn to go on the air. Here we met Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator.

 

Scott started off the segment with doing a trick with which he won a world record: adding a two digit number to itself faster than a calculator. After that Kevin, AJ, and I went head to head against the hosts, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, in a math challenge. It was really close until the last question. Kevin answered quickly and correctly, and we won.

Overall it was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

Message from Scott Flansburg, aka the Human Calculator, Global Ambassador for World Maths Day

To all students,

Welcome to the World Education Games 2011! It’s fantastic to see students from all over the world preparing for this truly global event. I personally want to wish all students the very best of luck and remind you all to have a great time practicing your math.  Remember that any points you earn in the practice period will be refreshed ready for the start of World Math Day on 1 March.

Keep practising to improve your speed and accuracy as we unite to set another Guinness World Record for the largest online math competition in the world!

I’m counting on you!

Yours truly,

Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator

Global Ambassador for World Math Day and Mathletics


Message from Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator, Patron of World Maths Day

To all students,

What an exciting and fun start to the 4th annual World Math/s Day. It’s fantastic to see students from over 230 countries participating in this truly global event. I personally wanted to wish all students the very best of luck and remind you all to have a great time practicing your math.

Keep playing to improve your speed and accuracy as we unite to set a Guinness World Record for the largest online math competition in the world.

I’m counting on you

Yours truly,

Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator

Global Ambassador for World Math Day and Mathletics.com

Here is the footage of Scott appearing on FOX and Friends, Sunday 28 February, 2010

Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator, on Fox News Sunday Morning

Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator and Patron of World Math Day, appeared on Fox News Sunday morning to talk about World Math Day. This was his second appearance of the week. He was invited back after an appearance on Fox and Friends on Friday, and was asked to explain how to get kids excited about Math. Flansburg also demonstrated his remarkable ability to calculate equations in his head, counting by multiples of 29, to the amazement of the show’s hosts. See video here.

See Video of Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator, on Fox and Friends

This morning, Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator and Patron of World Math Day, appeared on Fox and Friends, where he talked about the economic stimulus and promoted World Math Day.

Click here to watch the Video.

Video: Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator and Patron of World Maths Day, on The Today Show!

Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator and Patron of World Maths Day, appeared yesterday on The Today Show! He was joined by 3 of the USA Ambassadors: Kelvin of River Dell Middle School, Francesca from Notre Dame, and Tristan of Chesapeake Science Point Charter School.

Click here to see the video on the Today Show’s site.