K-12 Game-a-thon Hall of Fame 2018

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 89 entries from 13 different states across the country. 

Meet the Judges

MIND would like to thank our judges who volunteered their time to watch and evaluate the game designs that students submitted. 

This year we had nearly 50 judges from around the country, including some game designers! 

  • Capital Group Companies
  • Barnes & Noble College - UC Irvine
  • Villa Roma/ Cambalache Restaurants 
  • Students from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • KCE Business
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Santa Ana Unified School District leadership
  • Previous Game-a-thon Winner
  • Playful Corp
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Insomniac Games
  • Pinellas County Schools leadership
  • Student from Northwestern University

In addition, some MIND Research Institute colleagues participated as judges. As part of our OpenMINDs initiative, colleagues can spend some of their work time volunteering, including for Game-a-thon.

Meet the Sponsor

Special thanks to our K-12 Game-a-thon sponsor, Staples!


Because of Staples, MIND was able to offer the following prizes:

  • All participants - a certificate and official 2018 Game-a-thon poster.
  • Top 5 teams - the above + a place in this year's Hall of Fame blog + custom MIND games and gift cards.
  • Top team - the above + an opportunity to chat about their game on the "Inside our MIND" podcast + Ozobots!


Top 5 Hall of Fame

Calculator Chaos

Reeds Brook Middle School


Equation Madness

Cabin John Middle School





Geometric Journey

Manzanita School and Institute





Math Territories

PS 174 William Sidney Mount





Mystic Math Journey

Dr. Ralph E. Hawes Elementary






Honorable Mentions


Manzanita School and Institute
Veterans Memorial Intermediate School
PS 174 William Sidney Mount
Mini Mountain
Mission Viejo Christian School

Central Jersey College Prep CS


Thank you to everyone who participated in the k-12 Game-a-thon, whether as a designer, coach or judge! 

Mike Limon

About the Author

Mike Limon is Director of Programs and Events at MIND Research Institute.


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