Surrey: UCMAS Mental Math, provider of the leading North American educational program in Abacus and Mental Math for children conducted its First BC Provincial UCMAS Abacus and Mental Math Competition last week. The competition received huge response and was well attended by over 300 people on April 27, 2014 at Mughal Gardens Banquet Hall in Surrey.
More than one hundred and sixty students aged 4 to 13 from the four UCMAS centres in Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond participated in the competition. At the competition, which tested speed and accuracy in arithmetic, the UCMAS students had eight minutes to solve as many as 100-200 math questions depending on the students’ level, using only an abacus or mental math.
The competition was sponsored by Smart Advice, a financial planning firm that specializes in child education planning. Winners from the competition were announced at an Awards Ceremony later the same day, with 65 awards presented to the top achievers and merit holders. Hon. Harry Bains, MLA Surrey- Newton area graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Raza Sartaj, the managing director of Smart Advice presented winners with trophies in 3 different categories.
Ms. Rashmi Mehta, Director UCMAS BC read out the message received from the Premier Hon. Christy Clark, sending out her best wishes and greetings for the event. “The competitive spirit challenges the students and creates a level of excitement that gets kids engaged in learning and applying themselves,” said Rashmi Mehta, Director of the UCMAS BC Office. “The results speak for themselves through the kids’ improved mental acuity, speed, focus and above all, confidence”.
Left to Right, Ms. Vandana Bhusary, Director UCMAS BC, Raza Sartaj, Managing Director, Smart Advice Financial Planning, Hon. Harry Bains, MLA, Surrey-Newton, Ms. Rashmi Mehta, Director UCMAS BC with young UCMAS winner.
Raza Sartaj, Managing Director, Smart Advice Financial Planning