Students who won in the bacus and mental arithmetic contest held recently were awarded prizes. The prizes were for the State and National-level category in the 21 st UCMAS International Abacus and Mental Arithmetic contest, 2016 held in Dubai.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Dino Wong, Founder Chairman of UCMAS said, "UCMAS is a child development program based on visual arithmetic and abacus that boosts brainpower in children aged 4-14 years. Along with strengthening math skills, the UCMAS approach promotes whole brain development and establishes foundational building blocks like memory, concentration, creativity and problem solving - core skills that inspire greater confidence and success in all subject areas and in life."
UCMAS Managing Director Jaya Santoshi Bai said, "The program equips students with the skills they need to improve overall academic achievement and to confidently meet life's challenges and achieve greatness."
Research has shown that people who are good at abacus and perform mental calculations, use the right hemisphere of the brain actively with the sense of sight and hearing, he said.
"Universal concept of mental arithmetic system (UCMAS) is based on the traditional abacus method of calculation and is recognised as a means of improving the motor skills of children, enhancing their concentration, observation, and speed of thinking," he added.
Winners of UCMAS Abacus Contest:
- Praveen Subramaniam, 2nd place at the international contest; Champion and Master Champion at State-level contest.
- Sai Hari Nandan, 2nd place at international level, 4th place at national, Champion and Champion of Champions at state-level
- Chirag Umesh, 2nd place at international-level, 4th place at national level, Champion at state-level.
- Vasanth Narain, 1st place at international-level
- Kalayan K, Champion at State-level
- Dyuti K, 5th place at international-level
- Varshini M, Little Champion at state-level
- Aravind Ramanna, 3rd place at international level
- Pratham Kumar Murthy, champion at international level.
- Karthik Joshi and Krinishk, 3rd place at international-level