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Results of the Mindspark Essay Writing Competition

Results of the Mindspark Essay Writing Competition

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Essay Writing Competition - Update

Essay Writing Competition – Update

For new users -

You can participate in the essay writing competition by registering at http://www.mindspark.in/essaywriting

Once you have registered as a new user, you can login using the details sent to your email address. You will be shown the topics according to your grade level once you start an essay. Write an essay and submit it! Your entry will be considered for the writing competition. In addition, we will send you detailed feedback on your essay to help you improve your writing skills!

Regards, Essay Writer Admin

 

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Amusing five year olds and inspiring mathematicians since the spring of 1974. The Rubik’s cube is a cube consisting of 6 faces with 9 individual stickers on each. The main objective when playing a Rubik’s cube is to re-create its original position, a solid colour for each face, without removing any piece from the cube. Though it is colourful and looks like a child’s toy, there have been many championships for its completion.  Rubik’s was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game.

At Mindspark, the Maths research team has come out with a virtual 3D model of the Rubik’s cube to enhance a student’s 3-D visualization. This enrichment can help students develop 3-D visualization of objects which might be significantly helpful in higher classes when 3-D matrices and vectors come in play. This would also be very helpful for kids who wish to have a career in design and architecture.

Some fun facts about Rubik’s cube

People fascinated by the Rubik’s cube can get hold of very interesting collector’s items like..

Rubik’s Cube Mug

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World Map on Rubik’s Cube

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Videogame – Super Mario Bros. on Rubik’s cube

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World Records for the Rubik’s cube

Many world records have been set for solving the Rubik’s Cube in various interesting way. Here are some of them:

  • Fastest time record: 5.5 seconds by Mats Valk (Neatherlands) at the Zonhoven Open, 2013
  • Blindfold, fastest time (including memorizing): 23.80 seconds, Marcin Zalewski (Poland) at the Polish Nationals, 2013.
  • One handed: 9.43 seconds by Giovanni Contardi (Italy) at the Italian Championships, 2012 in Rome.
  • With feet only: 27.93 seconds, Fakhri Raihaan (Indinesia) at the Celebes Cube Competition, 2012.

 

Practising mathematics actively

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Children can play games involving numbers to practise concepts like addition and subtraction in a more casual environment.

While adults may take for granted that they use mathematical concepts involving money, measurements, shapes and patterns in routine tasks, parents can make these concepts more visible in their child’s environment. This would help to stimulate the child’s curiosity. The shapes of household objects could be used to help children identify shapes more readily.

Indeed, daily life contains a wealth of opportunities for children to apply mathematics concepts and get involved in family life. From the kitchen to the child’s room, from the car to the supermarket, all sorts of activities such as cooking from a recipe, sorting toys, tearing off the tabs of parking coupons and reading price labels can help to strengthen a child’s understanding of measurement, time, money and fractions. Through these activities, children will see how such concepts are being used in the real world all the time.

Parents could make it a point always to count from left to right (or right to left), to minimise confusion. In counting, they could emphasise the last counting word. “Do this by emphasising the last number you say: ‘One, two, three, four. There are four sweets.’ This helps your child to see that the last counting word you say tells you how many things there were.”

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Colourful blocks and other toys or props can be used to prompt counting habits.

Examining the world, mathematically

But children should not only be prodded to react to the numbers and shapes around them, letting the child ask and answer his or her own questions. This could be done by letting the child compare if there is “more” or “less” of an object. For example, at the supermarket, the child could be asked whether there were more water melons than papayas on display, then the parent can guide the child to count and answer the question.

In the same vein, parents can deepen their child’s engagement with mathematics by giving them the opportunity to think independently. Looking at a sales advertisement in the newspaper together, parents can ask their child to apply their addition or subtraction skills to work out the savings for each item and figure out which item offers the most savings. With a deck of playing cards, parents can play variations of a game like Snap to test their child’s understanding of numbers. Traditionally, players call out “Snap!” when identical cards are turned up, but parents could tweak the rules so that “Snap!” applies when a card with a bigger or smaller value appears.

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The more children develop confidence about mathematics through fun and games, the more comfortable they will feel as they learn more complex concepts.
importance of collaborating with their child’s school, in order to reinforce at home what the child has been learning and practising during mathematics lessons. While learning about the formal mathematics syllabus and keeping up with the child’s individual progress is useful, it is also suggested that parents participate in school-based workshops on how to teach different topics to their children at home. Parents can also volunteer their services for school programmes, so that they can witness their child’s learning for themselves.

Taking a walk in the neighbourhood with the child will provide opportunities for parents to get their child to identify patterns in numbers, shapes and colours – such as by looking at building numbers or the clothes worn by passers etc.

Learning of mathematics should always be made meaningful and fun.

 

The Mindspark Essay Writer is going to be updated very soon, with cool new features for students! Stay tuned, because you’re going to enjoy writing like you never have before!

To register, just go to http://mindspark.in/essaywriting

Here are some snapshots of the new site –

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New quotes on writing, every day.

Quote of the day

 

Detailed feedback from 2 separate evaluators!

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In this game you can select one of 3 animals to play with. Try and reach the coconuts at the top of the tree before the others by choosing the largest fraction out of the options given! Keep in mind that the fraction you choose is how much of the tree you climb in one chance!

This game on Fractions is for students of Grade 4, 5 and 6.

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Help your character find treasure! Get clues for identifying the treasury based on the properties of its shape. Win gold coins and increase your scores!

This game is for students of Grade 6 and 7, only on Mindspark.

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Help your character escape from the lab! Use operations on real numbers to find the correct keys to doors! The difficulty of the questions and time limit will get your adrenaline pumping. If you do not reach the disinfection chamber in time, the virus will get you!

This is a new puzzle game on Mindspark for students of Grade 9.