Published: 20 June 2016

Word Mania returns

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The 2016 edition Word Mania, an online literacy challenge for students in years 1 through 9, has been launched this week, with practice now open for verbose youngsters looking to share in $100,000 worth of prizes.

The game requires loquacious learners with a love of loggerhea to list as many words as they can from 15 provided letters, within the 3-minute timeframe. Points are scored for speed, length and obscurity. The organiser of this competition is LiteracyPlanet and its CEO is Adam McArthur.

“We are focused on literacy development for children, and being part of the solution to improving literacy standards in Australia,” he promulgated. “It’s a key foundation for the future success of today’s school students.

“Students enjoy using digital technologies to learn, and engaging them in a fun online challenge with the opportunity to win prizes for their school makes them enthusiastic to practise and improve their core literacy skills.”

Word Mania 2016 is hoping to break last year’s participation record, which hit 105,000 students from 1,300 schools. The game is free to play and can be accessed via a web app, or on iOS and Android devices. The first round of the competition proper starts Monday 1 August 2016 and runs through Friday 5 August 2016. There are prizes based on year level, school performance and regional alacrity. Prizes include software licenses, magazine subscriptions, board games and cash money.

The organiser Literacy Planet is a Queensland-based education software vendor. Its partners include Macquarie University, the Victorian Principals Association, the Queensland Association of State School Principals, Catholic Schools Guide and One Education.