**A little competition can inspire a student to a greater achievement**

**Education and competition are two universal ingredients of all human cultures…..**

It is a common observation that children spontaneously seek competition with their peers. They seem to have an innate desire to compare themselves with others in every way, for example, by running and wrestling. Such play is obviously beneficial to a child's development. From play it is a small step to physical and intellectual contests, generally known as sports, which adults indulge in for their own sake.

It is therefore not surprising that education and competition are intimately related. On one hand, it is natural for children to compete and, therefore, understandable that competition is put to educational use. On the other hand, competition may be found so important in adult life, that a society especially educates their young to compete.

In Germany and The Netherlands (and possibly elsewhere), the new framework being developed for upper secondary education allows students to count competition results towards their final exam.

**Math is beyond memorizing multiplication tables or the theorems…..**

Problem solving competitions help a young mind visualize math as an extension of reasoning and analytical thinking. The goal of any math competition is to stimulate curiosity in students and provide them with a challenging and engaging mathematical experience.

Students get an opportunity to explore non routine problems that are not usually encountered as a part of their mathematics curriculum. By encouraging students to explore alternative solutions to problems, math competitions help create experiences to foster the ability to think about and solve complex problems.

**Promotes team work, discipline, and hard work….**

Just like any other competition, it helps students to deal with success and failure, make team strategies and manage their time. It teaches them that effective performance requires practice.