Published on January 18th, 20141
Algebra World Record: Norwegian students solved 5 million equations in a week (VIDEO)
Norwegian students have solved nearly 5 million algebra equations in a competition held for a week, using an application created to popularize mathematics among children in this country whose school performance began to decline in international statistics.
Norwegian students wanted to break the previous record of 400,000 equations established American students in Washington using Dragonbox application informs Reuters. That record fell after only three hours, said organizers.
“It was an amazing experience for us”, said Jean Baptiste Huynh, founder of Dragonbox application after the competition ended on Wednesday. “Nobody has ever done anything on the scale of an entire country”, he said.
“The best part is that this event may be taken at national level. We hope to launch a similar event in the United States and Brazil within a year. And then we want to go global with these events,” added himself.
Norwegian students ranked 30th in the standings PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) in 2012 - a significant decrease from the 21 th place occupied three years before. American students have descended on the 36th place from the 31 th place.
Dragonbox application wants to redefine mathematical language for video games and transform learning into a series of games designed for students in middle school and high school.
Jean Baptiste Huynh, who gave up a well-paid job as a manager of an investment fund to teach students, he also plans to launch a game of geometry before this summer.
Dragonbox application has been downloaded over 250,000 times.
Students in the U.S. state of Minnesota will be coming to a new contest where participants hope to solve 250,000 algebra equations a week.