- 1782Students aged 6 to 12 compete in the UAE’s largest Arithmetic Competition
- 364 Participants battle it out in the2ndListening Skill Competition Championship
Dubai, UAE – 19 May, 2013: Almost 1,800schoolchildren aged 6 to 12 from across the UAE gathered in Dubai yesterday to prove their arithmetic skills in the 10th annual National Abacus & Mental Arithmetic Competition and the 2ndNational Listening Skill Competition. Both competitions were hosted by the Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) UAE in front of an audience of thousands more proud parents and guests at Al Nasr Leisureland.
In near silence, the younger competitors used abacuses and the more experienced students their mental skills alone to calculate answers to hundreds of quick-fire arithmetic tests – ranging from the basic to the highly complex. The fastest children in the UCMAS programme are able to mentally add 10 columns of 12 digit numbers within 30 seconds, an incredible feat wellbeyond the capacity of most people. For the vast majority of people – adults included – it would be an accomplishment to process the numbers in less than a minute.
Challenged to calculate complex sums using only their mental, visual and auditory skills, the talented childrenbattled it outto claim top spot in one of twelve separate categories. The kids were challenged to test their mental strength as well as their keen auditory sense to calculate sizable sums of multi-digit numbers in just three seconds or less.
This year’s competition stemmed from a preliminary qualifying exam participated in by over 4000 determined young geniuses from across the Emirates in a round of visual arithmetic challenge requiring them to calculate up to 200 sums in eight minutes.