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Hungarian success at int'l mental arithmetic competition

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Benett Jagnesák, a 7-year-old student from Budapest's District XVIII, became the first Hungarian to win the champion category of the international mental arithmetic competition in Dubai (held online this year).

Founded 17 years ago in India and now operating in 42 countries, the Brainobrain (www.brainobrain.hu) education network’s skill development program teaches mathematics to children in a playful way and develops their sensitivity to science.

Based on current trends, it is becoming increasingly important to prepare children for the challenges of the future. One inherent part of digitalization is the proliferation of so-called disruptive technologies that will radically change our daily lives. The main goal of Brainobrain is to help children adjust to the future based on predictions.

The trends of digitalization and automatization are also the reasons why methods and complex educational development programs appear in the world, promoting the development of the conscious competence of the younger generations in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and natural sciences.

Benedek Jagnesák

Today, one of the oldest and most successful of all is the Brainobrain education network using mental arithmetic solutions. The company was founded 17 years ago in India and has been successful in developing the skills of 400,000 students worldwide. The essence of the mental arithmetic program is that students count and perform complex mathematical operations on an abacus they visualize. This is possible in such a way that the abacus, invented thousands of years ago, can easily capture place-value (notation) ​​that are essential for accurate calculations in the head.

As the method is very effective, it is now used in 42 countries worldwide, and regular competitions are also held.

Tamás Czeglédi, the head of the Brainobrain Hungary education center, said, “Benett Jagnesák, a 7-year-old student, was the first Hungarian to enter the highest level champion category at an international competition in Dubai. Thanks to him, Hungary has been placed on the world map of Brainobrain, which is a huge success for both the young competitor and the team of trainers who help his preparation!”

The goal of the skill development program is to develop the most effective methods possible, so it devotes significant resources to making the acquired knowledge globally comparable. To this end, an international competition is also organized year after year, which was held online this year on January 9, with a record number of more than 25,000 participants.

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