PIQUA — Piqua Central Intermediate fifth grader Kirsten Shaneyfelt’s math game that she created proves math can be as fun as playtime — and easy as pie.
Her game, “Fraction Bakery,” placed her in the top five of the national MIND Research Institute’s K-12 Game-a-thon challenge. For this achievement, she was invited to the institute’s Math Fair that will take place at Navy Pier in Chicago this Saturday.
“It’s really nice,” Shaneyfelt said. “You start by scratch and it turns into something amazing.”
The Game-a-thon challenges students across the nation to create a fun game that involves various math subjects. Each then creates a video showing how to play their game, and sends it to MIND Research to be judged.
Shaneyfelt’s game involves players using fractions to create a whole pie. The first player to do that wins.
Players select various colored cards with fraction problems on them. If answered correctly, players get to add the colored piece of pie that matches the card color to their pie pan. Once the pie is completed, the player has to answer the equivalent fractions listed on their “recipe card.”
Shaneyfelt said cooking with her mother inspired her masterpiece.
“I wanted (the game) to do with cooking,” she said.
Shaneyfelt is the daughter of Marie and Joseph Shaneyfelt, of Piqua. Out of eight Piqua City School teams, Shaneyfelt was the only one from the district to place. There were 16 total teams in her age division.
“It feels really awesome,” Shaneyfelt said when asked how it feels to be in the top. “I worked really hard last year and it was a disappointment to not get into the top.”
Due to some timing issues, Shaneyfelt will not be attending the Math Fair in Chicago, but her achievement is worth noting.
Grades 4 and 5 participated in the Game-a-thon from PCS. Becky Renegar, gifted intervention specialist, has her students participate each year because they learn about the creativity involved in game design, and it motivates her students to learn more about math.
“I’m very proud of my students,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to use what they have learned in math and make into a product.”
Shaneyfelt’s submission video can be found online at http://www.mindresearch.org/gameathon/#halloffame
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