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TARO Math Tournament 2014 Project “Final Round of the National Competition for the Royal Trophy bestowed by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn”

TARO Math Tournament 2014 Project “Final Round of the National Competition for the Royal Trophy bestowed by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn”

Currently, Thai youths most popularly played online games, especially combat games. It must be acknowledged that these youths spend long periods of time on games or that they be called game addicts. Parents and guardians would like to persuade the youths attached to playing games to spend more time on their education. TARO believes that it can be a part in assisting the development of society and education through encouragement of youths who like to play online games and like mental arithmetic to spend their free time productively in developing their potential. Therefore, TARO has initiated the “TARO Math Tournament” project in the form of an online mathematical tournament through the website www.taromathtournament.com.

As the encouragement of youths to show their potential skills and the stimulation of their ability in mathematical problem-solving are important goals in education reform, this project was initiated in 2011. In 2014, TARO has hosted this tournament for the fourth time and, for this year, was graciously bestowed royal trophies by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for the winning teams at the junior and senior high school levels.

Project Objectives 1. To encourage students to play games creatively.

2. To encourage students to develop their mathematical skills.

3. To allow students to show their analytical thinking skills and rationality.

4. To encourage students to have a good attitude towards mathematics.

5. To encourage students in developing a mathematical vision.

6. To encourage students to work and learn to do things as a group.

7. To encourage the general public to use their spare time beneficially.

Schools nationwide must each send a team of junior high school students and a team of senior high school students, with each team comprising 3 members, to participate in the online competition at the team level.

The competition will commence at the school level and continue on until it reaches the regional and national levels.

The easy problems will consist of numbers of 3, 4 and 5 digits. The problems will gradually be more difficult according to the level of competition. Correct computation is not enough as speed is also required because whoever gets the correct answer first gets the point.

For example, 3 2 8 7 = 24 which is 7-3=4, 8-2 =6 , 4*6 = 24

The final national competition was held at the Eden Zone of the Central World Shopping Center in Bangkok on 22-23 November 2014. The final competition was participated by the 40 remaining junior high school level teams and 40 remaining senior high school level teams from a total of over 8,600 teams that applied nationwide at both the junior and senior high school levels. The teams have been competing since August to mid-September for the royal trophies bestowed by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and other prizes worth over 750,000 baht. The tournament was honored by Khunying Jaruvan Maintaka who presided over the opening ceremony and also awarded the prizes to the winners.

The results of the final national competition were as follows:

Tournament Results at Junior High School Level

First Prize Samut Sakhon Wittayalai School, Samut Sakhon Province

First Runner-up The Prince’s Royal College, Chiang Mai Province

Second Runner-up Potisarnpittayakorn School, Bangkok Province

Third Runner-up Lougrug School Chiangkhong, Chiang Rai Province

Tournament Results at Senior High School Level

First Prize Bang Bua Thong School, Nonthaburi Province

First Runner-up Khon Kaen University Demonstration School (Suksasat), Khon Kaen Province

Second Runner-up Wachiraprakarnvittayakom School, Kamphaeng Phet Province

Third Runner-up Phenpittayakhom School, Udorn Thani Province