'Human Calculator' put to the test
Pop quiz for Scott Flansburg
- Duration 4:14
- Date Oct 15, 2012
Pop quiz for Scott Flansburg
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Number -- Guinness world record for adding the same number two -- -- more than.
More times in fifteen seconds than a person do -- and -- So let's see how he does on -- pop math quiz with equations he's never seen before joining me now as a human calculator Scott plans for good to see you again saying okay we're gonna do the full reveal here all right I -- -- -- later number one all right it's 49.
-- -- I'm so it is 6374.
Yeah all right -- okay the next one is 533.
Divided by seven.
76 point 14 to -- by someone from.
Use is right all right crazy okay warmer now the third why not let's see we can stump and what's the -- root of 185000.
-- Is the most you.
Look at the hop do you have this in your head.
I had a gift for numbers ever since I was a child but today I want to introduce a simple exercise your audience.
That I believe is gonna revolutionize the relationship people have between numbers in the brain it's gonna give -- tell their teachers a chance to show something -- students that will make every kid out there.
Feel like a -- -- all right so.
Everybody at home think of your age all right.
Now add those two digits together.
-- -- should get a total take that total.
-- -- -- track that total from New York age all right you know you get an answer -- -- -- answer.
Those two digits together.
And you did I'd actually say nine your magic number 99 everything goes back to -- -- -- -- Yeah because right now we're teaching kids to memorize some math facts in mind uses schools what I see is the kids are -- memory.
But they really haven't experienced any arithmetic we're not teaching them to.
Discover and understand numbers were just teaching them to memorize -- math facts of the kids -- rating answer the teachers get paid the parents are happy they move -- and then when we teaching algebra.
It all falls apart so the simple exercise -- every number going down to nine.
Is a pattern I discovered in September of 99 that I believe is the missing chapter and massive every kid would learn this when -- nine years old.
Every number on the planet earth would go back to their age the number nine that would make them feel like every numbers -- friend -- number since -- -- -- -- map.
Marilyn -- -- yeah I teach kids go like this 01 Q3 four.
It's really zero through nine when you turn on a calculator it always starts at zero and that's what we -- to -- to turn on our human calculate one.
Fun things that can get kids into -- in the American math challenged dot com coming up.
A -- sixteenth and seventeenth when -- Tuesday and Wednesday.
We find the best methods from across America critic qualify them for world math day coming up in March 1 place is an iPad for every age group and they race for sixty seconds at a time against three other students randomly by other agents speed.
And they get points and prices for how they do in the 62 races and over next to tomorrow and Wednesday.
Will find some of the best athletes in America and my job is to go celebrate those kids like we celebrate our athletes actually challenging President Obama and governor Mitt Romney.
To the -- challenge as well.
Humbly I sleaze bag.
Both people running for of the most powerful office on the planet earth and the running mate.
As well as the members of congress -- we have a math challenge here in America and that's our national debt.
I just wonder if anybody in congress can really do arithmetic because -- -- it's sixteen trillion dollars in nobody can keep track of the interest.
No less the payments in the deaths were going through so pleased that that Tuesday due debates but Wednesday I hope everybody in congress in -- the presidential running mates.
Will take ten minutes and you tend one minute races against nine year old kids across America we're not gonna make -- do hard stuff.
And we won't reveal any embarrassing scores won't reveal the highest score -- in the average score all right so please a -- everybody push it to your politicians do you do you ten minutes.
On the American math challenge on Wednesday let's see if they can do arithmetic all right we'll see if they -- Scott plans -- -- human calculator great to see -- I've always a pleasure.