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I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
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Update April 6th 2013
Winners were announced on 28 March. You can check them out here.

Free entry to the world's largest online education event
World Education Games is an annual global online games event inviting students between 4 and 18 years of age to give their best and compare themselves with other students from all over the world in three subject areas: maths, literacy, and science. This initiative is currently the world's largest online education event and it's supported by UNICEF. In 2012, over 5 million students from more than 200 countries took part in the games and there are already 4 million students registered for the 2013 games at the time of writing.

Registration is free and can be done either by schools or individual students. Once you receive your username and password, you can start warming up by completing the trial questions. And to make it interesting, highest scores for each subject are updated daily on their homepage, so you can tell how well you're doing thus far.

Computer learning
Get your child excited about learning

It's of course unfair to pit a 4 year old against a teenager, so the event is split into four age groups to allow students to compete against their peers:
Junior Primary/Elementary ages 4-7
Primary/Elementary ages 8-10
Middle ages 11-13
Senior/High ages 14-18

The competition proper will happen in March over three dates:
World Literacy Day 5 March 2013
World Maths Day 6 March 2013
World Science Day 7 March 2013
And because they cater for all time zones, there are actually 48 hours to each date. Within that 48 hours, each student will have to try and earn as many points as possible from a maximum of 50 challenges which would take between 1-2 hours. There's quite a lot of freedom on how they do this, either in one or several sittings, at home or at school, using a PC or a tablet, as long as they have access to the internet.

Winners will be announced on 26 March 2013 at Sydney Opera House. Champion of Champions (students with the highest number of correct answers across all 3 events) from each age category will be invited to the award ceremony, so if you covet a free trip to Sydney, you have to beat millions of other students from all over the world. Last year, students from UK, Australia, and Malaysia were crowned Champion of Champions in their age groups, also at Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House
Award Ceremony will be at Sydney Opera House

Regardless of your chance, I think it's an exciting way to promote learning to all students, so whether or not you have children of your own, start spreading the word that the game is on.
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Why? An engaging and exciting way for students to learn
When: Registration & trial: from 1 Feb; Competitions: 5-7 Mar 2013.
Where: Everywhere as long as there's access to the internet
Cost: Free.
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