When it comes to mathematics, Indonesia can hold its own. A team of 19 Indonesian students was the overall champion at the third Wizards at Mathematics International Competition held last week in Lucknow, India. The students are bringing home 10 gold medals, nine silver and five bronze. The three-day competition, which wrapped up on Friday, saw teams of elementary schoolchildren from nine countries participating at the event. Nations represented in the contest included the Philippines, Thailand, Zimbabwe and Nepal. A total of 207 schoolchildren reportedly attended the event. In a previous competition, Indonesia had won only two gold medals, one silver and one bronze for the individual category and just one gold for the teamwork category. According to its Web site, the competition, also known as Wizmic, is a series of competitions in mathematics that calls for the participation of school children from around the world. The aim of the series is to unfold a platform for mathematical interaction at elementary level, to provide an opportunity for students to showcase their mathematical talents and to develop consciousness in the schools around the world to brush up their elementary mathematics programs. Indonesia should be proud of the students’ achievements, considering many golds have been collected so far, leaving the world all behind.
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