The Ninth Pan Pacific International Abacus Mental Math Competition has been conducted at the Napredak Hall. in San Jose, Calif on December 29, 2007. A total of 200 students elected from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and the United States participated in the event. The U.S. students came from California, Texas, Oregon, and Arizona.
The purpose of the competition is to allow for the observation of mental math skills from all countries, to promote abacus and mental calculation education, and to improve friendships among participants from around the world. Abacus is an ancient tool utilized widely by Asian society to perform arithmetic computation, now is considered an excellent tool for establishing clear number concept, promoting mathematical learning, fast calculation, and even IQ boosting for children.
The Pan Pacific International Abacus Mental Math Competition is conducted in December every year and roves in different countries or regions. This year, the event is conducted in the United States, by this opportunity, 14 children from Arizona flew to San Jose to demonstrate their capabilities are competitive to the international level.
Participants were divided into A, B, C, D, and E five groups according to ages. They ranged from five- to 20-year-old. A total of seven tests of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division at various levels of difficulty were conducted in the competition within 13 minutes of testing time for a total of 190 questions. To be specific, some tests demanded only an average of two seconds for each question, including writing the answer, in order to finish all questions. If one does not have a quick computational skill, highly focused attention, fast and clear writing skill, and high pressure-taking skill, it is very difficult for one to go through this game.
The 14 Arizona team members were placed in groups A, B, C and D. Each one has won the following trophies for the United States:
1st places: Javen Ho (CTA – Independence) - Group A, Bronson Wu (Sureno) - Group B
2nd places: Kevin Tang (Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori) - Group A, Austin Wong (San Tan Elementary) – Group B
3rd places: Karina Tang (CTA - Independence) – Group B, Keegan Kow (CTA – Independence) – Group B, Eric Dan (Ashland Elementary) – Group C, Timothy Horng (D.W. Higgins) – Group D, Jacky Chen (C.W. Harris) – Group D.
4th places: Samuel Yauk (Bethany) – Group B, Cindy Wu (Sureno) – Group C, Johnny Dan (Ashland Elementary) – Group C, Brandon Wong (San Tan Elementary) – Group C, Tim Chen (Aztec Elementary) – Group D.
The host also awarded trophies to outstanding coaches. The Arizona delegation's proud performance has won one for the coach Ms. Rueyin Chiou who is the also the director at the IQ Abacus Math and Language School in Tempe.