The K-12 Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build and share a game that features creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems.
Teams of one or more students, along with a teacher or parent in a coordinator role, invented card games, board games, apps, and outdoor games that addressed one or more mathematical topics. Throughout the process, students developed critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration skills and more. The challenge is designed to help students engage in math outside of the traditional classroom environment, providing an avenue to promote creative thinking in mathematics.
Thank you to all of our participating students, mentors and schools! This year we had entries from 10 different states across the country. We also received our first internal entries from Te Awamutu, New Zealand.
"Being part of the Game-a-thon judges was an awesome experience. It was great seeing the unique designs created by children around the world. I was surprised to see how creative all the children were on their games. I thought the Game-a-thon was a great way for the children to portray their abilities and allow them to develop new skills. There is no doubt in my mind that the MIND Research Institute is helping create our future leaders!"
-Daisy Gonzalez, former ST Math student
We'd also like to thank our judges. This year we had 31 judges from:
- MIND Research Institute (including game designers, education consultants and leadership council members),
- Social impact partners (including Capital Group and First Foundation),
- Delhi Center Junior Leaders,
- And even ST Math alumnus!
Delhi Center Junior Leaders at MIND Research Institute headquarters in Irvine, Calif.
“Delhi Center Junior Leaders’ participation as judges for the MIND Research Institute National K-12 Game-a-thon was a very important part of learning to give back to their community while developing their leadership skills and exploring career options.”
-Alicia, COO for Delhi Center
Top 5 Hall of FameOf all the games submitted this year, the ones highlighted below stood out for their stellar integration of math concepts, unique game play, and creative use of resources.
By Gamealot from Breck School in Golden Valley, Minnesota
From the judges: "I really liked the ideas of how to adjust the game to the needs of the players (adjust time limit etc.); a very thoughtful aspect to bring to a math game."
By The World of Math from Hillsborough in Tampa, Florida
From the judges: "Presentation of the game was very clear and well organized. I liked the different levels of questions you would get and that you had to solve in less than 5 minutes."
By Team X from a homeschooler in Lake Forest, California
From the judges: "For me this is the best regardless of the score, really love how this game has more then one subject in math and you are playing against another player which makes it fun!"
By The Three Faces from Vineland Public Schools in Vineland, New Jersey
From the judges: "It is so original, even includes a back story to it. Also, love how you really have to challenge yourself to use multiplication or division to find another equivalent fraction."
It's Raining Numbers!
By The Number Catcher from Montgomery County Schools in North Potomac, Maryland
From the judges: "Game was very original and very fun to watch. I want to play this game with more complicated equations."
Get That Pi
By The Pi Chefs from Vineland Public Schools in Vineland, New Jersey
By MTCX fromVineland Public Schools in Vineland, New Jersey
Baseball Mania 1/ Shoot for the Hoop
By Team Bulldogs from Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools in West Milton, Ohio
By Machinery Trio from Breck School in Golden Valley, Minnesota
Baseball Mania 2
By Math Hog from Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools in West Milton, Ohio
Congratulations to all students who participated! Your team coaches will be receiving prizes to distribute to team members.