The National Math Bee's math game Batter Up is a fun, exciting, and handy tool to help elementary students achieve extraordinary levels of speed and accuracy with their math skills. The online math tournament is directed at students in first through sixth grade who can compete in any or all of the four basic math categories, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In its first year, over 6200 participants from 17 states competed in the National Math Bee tournament. The tournament offers three phases: School, State, and National. The National Math Bee Championship was previously held each year at the McWane Science Center, a three-story interactive science museum, which, like the National Math Bee, incorporates learning with fun. With continued support from our growing NMB community, we hope to bring back the onsite final tournament in the future.
The National Math Bee has been correlated to both state and national academic standards, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, No Child Left Behind, and others. Developers from CompuSage, inc., along with the National Math Bee team, have combined eLearning technology with children's natural desire to play and compete in a way to hone math skills effectively. Participants compete online to engage and develop their basic math skills. Our game was developed based on the Cognitive Load Theory, which has driven a great deal of research to discover the capacities of memory and brain function. The research provides strong evidence that memorizing basic facts (like in math) can have a significantly positive impact on more complex, higher-level performance. The better students develop and memorize these basic facts, the more straightforward math will be later in life, especially at higher levels. We have seen it with thousands of kids! Many who are now PhDs!
The National Math Bee is powered by BatterUp, a research-based math game developed by an actual classroom teacher. The software is the PC based network version of a board game initially used in a classroom setting. Its network design has received national honors from the Network Professional Association for most innovative networking implementation.
BatterUp is baseball-themed with scores and rankings based on both the speed and accuracy of responses. It is simple for teachers and parents to register and get their students signed up and playing in no time. It is teacher-friendly, classroom-proven, and supports a broad range of ability levels from grades 1-6. It can be played individually or in a group setting. It records, tracks, and analyzes student achievements. Leading teams and schools in all categories are continually updated on the website on the tournament tab throughout the tournament. Teachers and parents can register their students today, and students get on the ball with their team scores!
The National Math Bee is the first of its kind to offer this unique online learning experience for primary aged students. In scientific research, it has been shown, without exception, that every student group who used the software demonstrated a significant increase in their math skills. The bottom line is, the National Math Bee works. Nevertheless, do not just take out word for it.
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