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MIND Research Institute Brings the Math Power Game (MPG) Challenge to the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

MIND Research Institute has joined forces with the Chicago Auto Show to get families talking about math and get students geared up for the National K-12 Game-a-thon. Math is all around us - especially at an auto show. Visitors to the MathMINDs booth on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 15, can participate in the first-ever Math Power Game (MPG) Challenge, a series of puzzles and questions that entice the whole family to explore geometry, algebra and proportional reasoning throughout the nation's largest auto show.
 
"We're excited to partner with the Chicago Auto Show to give local families an opportunity to see how math is everywhere around them," said Beth Garrow, philanthropic partnership director for MIND Research Institute. "Many parents have math anxiety, but we don't have to pass that on to our children, and something as simple as playing games together or noticing how math is part of a car company's logo can help change attitudes."
 
After discovering first-hand that math is everywhere at the Chicago Auto Show, students can start thinking about their own math game. To spark their creativity, MathMINDs will offer visitors the chance to play some tantalizingly tricky ancient math games such as:
  • Achi, a logic game played by the Asante people of Ghana, reminiscent of modern Tic Tac Toe;
  • Gulugufe, a two or four-person strategy game, similar to checkers; and Dara, an ancestor of chess, that was originally played by the Dakarkari children in what is now the Sokota State region of Nigeria.
Guests can also get a jump-start on MIND's 2016 National K-12 Game-a-thon. The annual Game-a-thon invites students from across the country to design, build and share their own math game. Top teams are inducted into the Game-a-thon Hall of Fame and honored at the national Math Fair. The Game-a-thon is open for entries now through July 1. Learn more at the MathMINDs booth on Family Day or by visiting www.mindresearch.org/gameathon. For more information on the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, please visit www.chicagoautoshow.com.    
 
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About  MathMINDs
MathMINDs is a movement to shift the cultural perception of math from being scary and frustrating to exciting and essential. To do this, MathMINDs engages the community and students in hands-on mathematical experiences outside of the classroom.  Importantly, research shows that experiences outside the classroom can have a significant impact on in-school math performance. More: http://www.mindresearch.org/outreach/mathminds/.
 
About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math(r) programs for elementary and secondary schools. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools' growth rates in math proficiency. MIND's programs currently reach 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 2,500 schools in 40 states. For more information, visit www.mindresearch.org.
 
About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show on the continent, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North America vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2016 public show will be February 13-21. For more information, visit ChicagoAutoShow.com or Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow.
 
About The Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit CATA.info.

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