Australian students rally online to compete for gold in the World Education Games

Sydney, Australia, 14 October, 2015 – Today, Luna Park, Sydney will host the 8th World Education Games (WEG) on World Maths Day. Australian students from across the country are participating in the free online event to help secure Australia’s place as the global leader across three subjects including literacy, mathematics and science.

Hosted by Australia’s leading education company, 3P Learning, WEG 2015 will see 500,000 Australian students from grades three to eight compete against more than five million students from around the globe across three days, until the 15 October, 2015, with 360 students competing onsite today at Luna Park.

Recognising that today’s students need technology and cognitive skills to be effective in tomorrow’s global workforce, WEG 2015 is aimed at ensuring that students have 21st century skills to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

3P Learning CEO, Tim Power, said WEG 2015 provides Australia with a fantastic opportunity to position itself as a leader in education, and he looks forward to following the successes of the Australian students over the three days.

“Australia is synonymous with sporting victories in the pool and on the cricket field. It would be great if this year’s results could position Australia as the leader in learning,” Mr Power said.

“WEG 2015 is indicative of our globalised world, and further facilitates and rewards learning amongst students worldwide. WEG provides Australian students with the opportunity to compete against students at the same age and ability level from all around the globe.”

This year, Microsoft is a proud sponsor of the World Education Games and is committed to redefining the way teaching and learning can happen.

Sarah Vaughan, Director of Developer Experience and Evangelism at Microsoft Australia said, “Microsoft aims to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We see the role of technology as a positive driver of change in the way students learn and the way teachers teach.”

“The World Education Games brings millions of kids together to share a love of learning and technology. Today is about recognising that learning should be on the same pedestal as sport – and should be celebrated.”

“Students will be using Microsoft Surface devices and Surface Pen, loaded with the Mathletics app as they compete on World Maths Day at Luna Park. With Surface 3 accompanied by the Surface Pen students can be more intuitive with how they interact with the Mathletics app. Using the Pen, students have an amazing ability to create, capture, explore and share ideas with their friends in an instant, all over the world.”

WEG 2013 saw more than five million students compete from 231 countries and territories from around the world. WEG 2015 will commence on 13 October and will run over three days, with each day focusing on one area of learning:

  • October 13: World Literacy Day, powered by Spellodrome
  • October 14: World Maths Day, powered by Mathletics
  • October 15: World Science Day, powered by IntoScience

Students and schools taking part in WEG 2015 will earn points for each correct answer given. A live digital Hall of Fame on the homepage will track the top scoring students and

schools from right across the world. At the end of the event, medals and trophies will be awarded to the top students and schools at an event in Sydney on 16 November.

Funds raised through the event will go to the purchase of a UNICEF School-in-a Box for schools in poverty or disaster stricken countries.

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About 3P Learning
3P Learning is an Australian company and global leader in online education. Our programs cover mathematics, spelling, literacy, reading and science. We’re a global team of passionate education and technology gurus. More than 4.8 million students in more than 18,000 schools across the world use 3P Learning resources which are designed by educators and educational technologists in partnership with schools and families.

With our resources, which are fully aligned with more than a dozen international curricula, learning becomes fun – with independent learning encouraged and celebrated.

About the World Education Games
Held biennially, the World Education Games is the flagship event for 3P Learning. This global celebration of learning spans 96 hours, with over 10 million students participating in the events since 2007. WEG 2015 will be held over the 13th, 14th and 15th of October 2015. More than five million students from around the world are expected to participate in this free event. World Education Games is sponsored by Microsoft and Macquarie.

About Spellodrome/Mathletics/IntoScience
Designed by educators, Spellodrome encourages independent learning and the development of critical spelling awareness. Visual, Phonological, Morphemic and Etymological areas of literacy are all covered in this online resource, more information at

Mathletics is an online maths resource used by students and teachers around the world. It contains targeted, adaptive and engaging content from Kindergarten to Y12 – designed to meet the requirements of national and state-based curricula, with reporting and assessments to match.

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IntoScience emerged onto Australia’s education scene in partnership with the CSIRO in 2012 and continues to break ground in regards to the engaging content it delivers to Year 7 and 8 students. It is an online 3D world of science with interactive activities, virtual experiments and digitally simulated real-world environments.

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