SIP Academy India organised SIP International Prodigy 2019 – 19th International SIP Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition in Chennai. Mr. Jayaprakash J, Outstanding Scientist /Project Director, GSLV MK-III Project & Mission Director, GSLV MKII-M1/Chandrayaan-2 Mission, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre / ISRO and Ms. R. Archana, Managing Director, San Academy Group of Schools, graced the Occasion with their presence.
This mega event brought together around 4000 kids from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Tanzania, UAE, Bahrain, Hongkong and Srilanka at Chennai Trade Centre in Nandambakkam, Chennai. The competition was conducted in two batches and the children attempted to solve 200 mathematical problems in 5 minutes. Over 5000 parents were present to witness this massive contest.
An innovative SIP Abacus concentration round had taken place which is purely an experiment, aimed at evaluating the concentration levels of the kids. Loud music was played when the kids were attempting to solve as many math sums as possible within the given time period. It was amazing to witness the kids as some were desperately concentrating, some were grooving to the rhythm, & some were even dancing while solving sums, but it was a surprise that the sums solving ratio with and without music was almost same.
Speaking about the colossal event Mr. Dinesh Victor, Managing Director, SIP Academy India said that, “We are happy to see the growth of the response for this competition every year. Abacus is not just a math program. It develops skills like Concentration, Visual Memory, Numerical Ability, Listening Skills and thereby gives immense confidence among the children. Also, we would like to appreciate the enthusiasm and zeal of each and every kid who had come down to Chennai to participate in this competition.”
“During the competition, we conducted the SIP Abacus Concentration Round for the children gathered here in Chennai. In this round, kids were asked to solve math sums amidst loud disturbing music. Kids were able to solve up to 125 sums in 3 minutes without getting distracted. This round is a testament for the fact that the SIP Abacus helps kids improve their concentration level, which will help them in their overall development” he added.
This event has earlier featured 5 times in the LIMCA book of records for the size and pattern of the competition.