FAQ: Summer Math Camp

Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

What is the International National Math Bee?


The International Math Bee (IMB), previously the National Math Bee, created a researched-based, classroom-proven integrated learning platform that supports primary students in the foundational learning of math facts.

The IMB has been offering an instructive contest-based platform Batter Up to elementary schools as an alternative, fun, and effective way for students to practice the basic math operations for more than two decades. Students in first and second grade can practice addition and subtraction, students in third and fourth grade can access all four math modes, while fifth and sixth graders can practice multiplication, and division.

What is IMB’s vision?


Our vision is for every student to make individual learning advancements in math. Elementary students who master fact fluency and automaticity of math facts in their early years will be more successful at tackling more advanced math concepts. Students who do not master fact fluency have to work harder and often become frustrated and develop a negative relationship with math or dislike it altogether. Mastering fact fluency is what leads to the automaticity of math facts and because the two together are one of the most significant indicators of a child’s future success in math classes, children need to be encouraged to practice throughout the summer so that students can begin the next course ready to take on a more advanced math curriculum.

What is Batter Up?


IMB programs are powered by BatterUp, a research-based math game created by an actual classroom teacher. The software is the web-based version of a board game initially used in a classroom setting. Batter Up was further developed by and continues to be distributed by CompuSage, a company dedicated to developing and distributing software for use in primary, secondary, and graduate-level education. The network design has received national honors from the Network Professional Association for most innovative networking implementation.
The game begins by pitching a math problem at the home baseline. The student responds as quickly as possible. The score is based both on speed and accuracy. The questions are generated at random through a carefully studied algorithm that meets the minimum common core standards of mathematics in the USA, in each of the four math categories.

What are the main objectives of Batter Up?

The main objectives of the Batter Up platform:

Help students master the automaticity of math facts
Increase speed and accuracy of student responses in the primary math operation
Enhance the child’s memory and promote the ability to recognize mathematical patterns to find solutions quickly
Help students process information at higher levels with more ease
Instill “fun with math” for elementary school children and help eliminate “fear of math”
Build math confidence in every child

How does Batter Up work?

See video: https://youtu.be/a3dHUj84uZg.

Batter Up is the name of the game! It’s baseball-themed, and one game consists of nine full innings. When the game begins, a baseball field appears with a pitcher on the mound. There are five baseballs on the top left corner, one for each math fact pitched during an inning. Students click the spacebar to throw the pitch. Students have a certain amount of time to answer each pitch before the timeline runs out. If the student answers the pitch correctly, a star will appear over the baseball and move onto the next pitch automatically. If the math fact is answered incorrectly, students get two more tries to answer correctly before an X shows over the baseball and moves onto the following math fact. Suppose a student answers any of the facts incorrectly but still has time remaining on the timeline after answering all five math facts. In that case, they will have another opportunity to answer the incorrect facts correctly.

Campers must play through all nine innings to have their batting average calculated. If a student logs out before finishing the full nine innings, their score will not be calculated. After playing all 9 innings, students should click the EXIT button to see their new batting average on the scoreboard before playing another game

How is a batting average calculated?

In the most basic explanation, the student batting average is calculated by the speed and accuracy of their answers. The batting average can go up or down depending on those two main factors. Math facts, which go between 1-100, can be accessed by moving through four different leagues: Little League, Minor League, Major League, and Hall of Fame. First, students must master the easiest math facts in the little league before accessing the more challenging facts. The higher the league they reach, the higher their batting average will be.

For a more detailed explanation of batting averages, you can refer to this post on our blog site “Batter Up Batting Average – How it works?” See this post for more information. https://blog.nationalmathbee.org/batterup-batting-averages/

Does my child need to complete a full game in Batter Up?

YES!!!! Campers must play through all nine innings to have their batting average calculated. If a student logs out before finishing the full nine innings, their score will not be calculated. After playing all 9 innings, students should click the EXIT button to see their new batting average on the scoreboard before playing another game.

What is Summer Math Camp

We know how hard teachers have been working throughout the school year to teach students essential concepts and strategies to build and master their students’ fact fluency. And mastering fact fluency is what leads to the automaticity of math facts. Because the two together are one of the most significant indicators of a child’s future success in math classes, children need to be encouraged to practice throughout the summer so that students can begin the next course ready to take on a more advanced math curriculum. For this reason we have created a new program, Summer Math Camp where students across the country can play, practice and particpate via an online game-based platform.

Who can participate in IMB programs?

Any student, worldwide, in grades 1-6.

What math modes can my child practice?

Students in first and second grade can practice addition and subtraction, students in third and fourth grade can access all four math modes, while fifth and sixth graders can practice multiplication, and division.

Does my child have to log in at a specified time?

IMB’s Summer Math Camp does not confine students to a specific time or place in which they must participate. Our camp is made to be flexible and adapt to each child’s schedule and time frame. Children can choose to practice and participate in the challenge for the highest batting average in any of the basic math modes available to their grade level.

What are the SMC dates/phases?

Camp Phases
Students are driven to practice and compete against themselves and their fellow grade mates from around the county. At the end of each phase, the scoreboard within your child’s platform (visible only to students) and the rankings on the Baseball Card page of our website (visible to the public) will be frozen to show the final phase rankings of our summer campers in each of the math modes. Whatever your child’s batting average is at the end of one phase, they will pick up with it in the next phase. It will not affect a student’s scores (batting averages) if they do not consecutively participate all summer long in all of the phases.

The camp phases (June, July, August) will always follow the exact start/finish times.
Time Map for Start/Finish Times for cities around the World.

How do I register my child?


Please follow these steps to enrol your child for the 2021 Summer Math Camp

1. Register a parent account. –> https://internationalmathbee.org/php-user-registration/summer_registration.php#register

2. From your parent portal, enrol your child. Click the green plus (+) sign. Once cells are highlighted in green, fill in all the fields with the information for your child’s enrolment. *IMPORTANT* You CANNOT use your child’s first or last name for their username or password.

Once you have filled in all the fields, click the green plus sign again to add your child. A payment option box will pop up on the screen.

3. Pay the summer camp fee. You can pay by Paypal or Credit Card. Please note: you need to wait until your payment is processed and are redirected back to the parent enrolment page where you will see your child successfully added to your account. If you leave the payment area by clicking out of the screen before you are redirected back to the International Math Bee parent portal, your child will not be added to the account.

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