Student of the second grade of Voronezh Gymnasium №1 Veronica Dobrosotskikh became the winner of the International Children’s Mental Arithmetics and Robotics Championship. The tournament took place in Moscow on November 3 and 4. The victory has secured Veronica Dobrosotskikh’s place in the Russian National Team which will take part in the Mental Arithmetics Olympics in Thailand.

The tournament involved 360 children from five to 15 years of age from Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Armenia. The championship included several stages. Veronica took the first place in the hardest Flash tournament in which children of all ages were competing on an equal basis.

– The goal was the following: each second a number was shown on a screen, and you had to add them all up. There were 160 participants aged from 7 to 15. 20 children made it to the finals. At this stage, participants were excluded as soon as they made a mistake in calculations. As a result, our Veronica took the first place, while the second and the third were taken by 13 and 15-year-old children. It turned out that an eight-year-old girl could count better than teenagers, - Veronica’s mental arithmetics teacher Natalia Troeglazova told the RIA “Voronezh” correspondent.

For winning the tournament, Veronica was awarded a ticket to the French Disneyland. According to the girl’s mother Yulia Dobrosotskikh, her daughter will go there with her big sister during the spring holidays in 2019.

– Veronica began studying mental arithmetics at six. We didn’t have a goal to make her a mathematician. We just wanted to her memory, logic and attention to develop more intensively using fast calculations. All of this will make it easier for her to study foreign languages in the future. We didn’t expect her to achieve such success in mental arithmetics, we thank her teacher for that, - Yulia Dobrosotskikh told.

The Mental Arithmetics and Robotics Championship was organized by the Abakus Educational Center, the Robooky STEM School, and the Eurasian Mental Arithmetics Organization.