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#MathAware Challenge 4: K-12 Game-a-thon

We’re getting ready for our first-ever Math Fair
Play is at the square root of fun!
A challenge to design, build and share
The Game-a-thon has just begun… 

JiJi, the beloved penguin in our ST Math games, is celebrating Math Awareness Month by challenging kids and grownups alike to invent their own math puzzles. (If you haven’t already tried creating a Magic JiJi Square, be sure to check out our #MathAware Challenge 1 blog post.) This week, we present a more advanced challenge for student teams.

The 2014 Game-a-thon rules are simple:

  1. DESIGN a game with friends/classmates
  2. BUILD a working model in real or virtual space
  3. SHARE the game on YouTube

As a parent or teacher, you’ll coach their efforts, foster independent thinking, and in a short time hear them say:

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We wager you’ll be amazed! And there’s more… Before July 6, help your student team film the game as it is played and upload the video to YouTube. There are JiJi recognition prizes for all participants, as well as added perks if your students’ game impresses their peers. Select games will be featured at the MIND Research Institute 2014 Math Fair, and the Top 5 entries will be inducted into the Game-a-thon Hall of Fame. The complete Game-a-thon guidelines, along with a couple of helpful videos, may be found at http://mindresearch.net/mathfair/gameathon/.

Need ideas to get your students started? Many tools and sources of inspirations are available, including the free Scratch game programming environment from MIT, and such books as Teresa Evans’ “Making Math More Fun” and Peggy Kaye’s “Games for Math.”

We look forward to viewing your videos! And remember: Get Creative. Have fun.

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