Thursday, 24 January 2013

What is UC MAS


Abacus is a calculating tool used for arithmetic calculations
WARNING: UCMAS is an international abacus institution. UCMAS' results should not be compared to other neighbourhood local abacus.

U C MAS stands for Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System. A whole brain development programme for normal children aged 4-12 years, it enhances lifetime skills such as concentration, creativity, listening and photographic memory, to name a few. It enables children to discover and bring out their hidden potential.
In the Initial stages of the programme, the ancient wonder tool called the "Abacus" is used, it successfully removes the fear of arithmetic and gradually makes arithmetic fun to learn. The same syllabus is followed all over the world. Children enrolled at U C MAS centers in India are transferable throughout India. Every year meritorious Indian students are sponsored for overseas Abacus and Mental Arithmetic competitions.
It is the only programme approved and certified by two major Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Institutes of the world i.e. the Chinese Utility Abacus Research Society (Taiwan) and Taiwan Mental Arithmetic Association. U C MAS certificates are internationally recognised.
It is not a parallel system to school curriculum in India but complements it. However, the U C MAS course material and training methodology is accepted by the Ministry of Education in Malaysia and is implemented as part of its school curriculum.
The U C MAS programme is available in several countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Brunei, USA, Australia and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

UC MAS abacus system follows a 8 term course. UC MAS kids around the world could be seen adding 10-digit numbers within seconds or solving hundreds of arithmetic sums within minutes !
However, there is more to his because when the children are learning UC MAS, they are actually also undergoing the process of developing other aspects of mind. When the children have acquiredan astonishing calculation seen, it is actually only the end result of having developed the following mental abilities : concentration, observation, visualisation & imagination and memory.

Concentration is the concentrated and directed attention towards a particular matter with clear reflection that creates a deep image and mental impression. An enhanced concentration leads to better absorption power. Studying will then be a joyfuI thlng for these children. In the abacus and mental arithmetic education children will be tralned to concentrate when Iistening to the teachers questions (that ranges from easy to difficult) and then focus on calculating the answers as accurately as possible.
Observtion is the ability to compare and analyse and differentiate objects, motives and steps. It is also a state of alertness and swiftness of the mind and senses. This comes from the need to understand the theoretical requirements of each calculation and at the same time be aware of the time, and promptings from the teachers.
Visualization and Imagination
By using the imagination of the right braln to visualize the abacus in mind, inevitably the powers of visualization would become sharp and clear. Albert Einstein believes that the imagination is important than knowledge, because imagination is the main source of yet-to-be-discovered knowledge.
Memory is the ability to store and retrieve information and experiences. It has been found that memory in the left brain would not stay long, but an image that is recorded in the right brain would stay on in the mind forever. By stimulating the right brain with mental arithmetic, and in combination with the alertness of the eyes, ears and hands, the ability to store and recall is developed together.
Therefore, the ability to solve 10-digits arithmetic problems in only a few seconds is only a small success in comparison to the actual mental training that has been done in order to achieve the skill to perform rapid calculations.

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