The 11th Pune Region UCMAS Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition was recently held at Balewadi. 1520 students from 82 centres across Maharashtra participated in the competition. Children had to solve 200 sums in eight minutes which they do at speeds far greater than a calculator.
1000 odd children from Pune alone were present for this competition right from Bishops, St.Vincent’s, VK Patil, Dastoor, Potdar International amongst others
“The objective is not just to do arithmetic. UCMAS is a whole-brain development programme that focuses on right brain stimulation. We complement school syllabus and teaching. Events like these develop competitive spirit amongst the children and motivates them to excel.” Said UCMAS Director Rashmi Indulkar.
The novelty in this year’s event was a ‘Flash Competition’. Children had to see the numbers flashing on the screen, quickly calculate the answers and write them on paper.
Preparation for the competition starts months in advance at the centres and children come for extra practice practically every day. Said Viman Nagar Centre Head Bincy Thomas ‘Daily practice ensures children reach very high skill levels. Speed and accuracy goes up and children’s performance in school academics also improves drastically’’.
Children compete level-wise and around 200 of them will walk away with large trophies on 21st January when the award ceremony is conducted.
The top three winners in the school category were as follows- VIKHE PATIL, HUTCHINGS, ST.MARY’S.
PMC Commissioner Mr. Kunal Kumar was present in the form of a parent and also addressed children and parents. Other dignitaries included Mr. Mishra, Principal of KV Dehu Road, Ms. Gadkari, Principal of Challengers School and Founder of PK International School Mr. Kate.