Riverview competes in World Education Games

Students at Riverview Middle School in Plymouth participated in the recent World Education Games, joining 1.57 million students from more than 200 countries in spelling, math and science contests.

Fifth-graders in Josh Batzner’s math classes competed in World Spelling Day on March 6, World Math Day on March 7 and World Science Day on March 8.

The top finishers for Riverview were:

Overall: 1. Ashley Batzner; 2. Brodie Kroon; 3. Tristan Townsend

Spelling: 1. Izzy Kastelic; 2. Ashley Batzner; 3. Abby Horner

Math: 1. Noah Baratka; 2. Brodie Kroon; 3. Ashley Batzner

Science: 1. Ashley Batzner; 2. Tyler Stephens; 3. Tristan Townsend

The World Education Games, sponsored by Unicef, are a global challenge to get all students ages 4 to 18 excited about learning, and to give the top students in each school an opportunity to see how they measure up against the best.

Students are given their own personal online game center, from which they can participate in all three events. They are matched in real time with up to three other students of similar age and ability in exciting live challenges. The math and spelling challenges last 1 minute. The science challenges last 1 to 3 minutes, depending on the number of participants.

Each event has 50 challenges. Students earn points for correct answers, with their personal tally growing as they complete the challenges.

Batzner said the contest was a fun way for his students to improve their skills. It also introduced them to time zones, as all the games were live with various countries playing at different times of the day or night.

“I also was hoping that being able to compete and practice against kids from all over the world shows them that they are part of a worldwide classroom and that they need to think bigger,” he said.

Learn more at www.worldeducationgames.com.

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