This month, MIND Research Institute kicked off its inaugural K-12 Game-a-thon for students across the country.
JiJi, the penguin of the ST Math games, always embraces new challenges and jumped right into the competition: Step 1: JiJi brainstormed ideas for a game that explores math concepts. According to the game design guidelines, games can cover a wide range of math concepts, including counting, irrational numbers, measurement and modeling.
Step 2: JiJi started building a game. FYI, submissions could be a board game, card game, app or outdoor game and may be single-or multi-player.
Step 3: JiJi filmed the finished game to share on YouTube and submit to the Game-a-thon. Check out the sample video below:
If you know K-12 students who love playing games (and who doesn’t?), invite them to team up and design, build and share their very own math game. The Game-a-thon is open to submissions through July 6. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of educators, mathematicians and game designers who develop and facilitate the ST Math software program for 630,000 students across the country. The games will be evaluated based on use of math themes (40%), creative game design/material (30%), originality (20%) and YouTube likes (10%).
Every participating team will receive a certificate and commemorative pin. Up to 25 games will be selected for special recognition and displayed at the 2014 Math Fair – At the Square Root of Fun, August 2, 2014 in Irvine, Calif. Five winning entries will receive a trophy featuring JiJi, the animated penguin of the ST Math games, and have their videos inducted into the Game-a-thon Hall of Fame.
Update: Entries for Game-a-thon 2015 "Math Your Own Adventure" are now open! So, what are you waiting for? Go have some fun and play with math!
About the Author
Abby Daniels was Director of Communications at MIND Research Institute, where she worked for over 10 years as the organization transformed from a small, local nonprofit to a national leader in education.