Game-a-thon Challenges K-12 Students to Play with Math

The nonprofit MIND Research Institute, which develops and deploys the game-based ST Math software for schools, is sponsoring a Game-a-thon for K-12 students.

Following the theme "Math is Everywhere," the Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build and share via YouTube, a game that features creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems. Teams of two or more students, along with a teacher or parent in a coordinator role, can invent card games, board games, apps, outdoor games or anything else that solves a mathematical problem ranging from counting to irrational numbers or measurement to modeling. All participants receive prizes, and winners will be honored at a national math fair.

The Game-a-thon is open to submissions now through July 6. The games will be evaluated based on use of math themes (40%), creative game design/material (30%), originality (20%), YouTube likes (10%).

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. To learn more go to