2nd Annual Math-based Video Game Event a Big Hit with Students, Educators and Parents
Richmond, VA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/15/2015 -- DimensionU, Inc, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii–West Oahu, Holomua GEAR UP on the Leeward Coast, and 21st Century Community Learning Center, congratulates the winners and all participants in the 2015 Hawai'i Math Games, held Friday, April 10, 2015, at the University of Hawaii – West Oahu campus. Students in grades 4-10, representing eleven schools from the Nanakuli-Waianae, Pearl City-Waipahu, and Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Areas, participated in the 2nd annual event, which utilized DimensionU's interactive, multi-player video game software that combines the challenge of video gaming and rigor of academic skills into an exciting and engaging event. Separate competitions were conducted for elementary and secondary schools, which included a team-based and individual tournament at each level. Special thanks go to Papa John's Pizza for providing lunch to all students, educators, parents, volunteers and school administrators.
Ann Mahi, Complex Area Superintendent for Nanakuli-Waianae, kicked-off the day's event with opening remarks, followed by principals from participating schools sharing some words of encouragement for their respective teams. Additionally, Steven Hoy, CEO of DimensionU, Inc., was on-hand to emcee the event and also honor several schools with Achievement Awards for the 2014-2015 school year. Waimalu Elementary received the award for Most Questions Answered Correctly. Highest Average Points Per User (for an existing client) went to August Ahrens Elementary. Highest Average Points Per User (for new client) went to Wai'anae Elementary. Most Student Users was awarded to Nanaikapono Elementary and Most Games Played went to Nanakuli High & Intermediate.
"It was a tremendous honor to have State Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi from the Hawaii Department of Education stop by and observe the competition while on campus," said DimensionU CEO Steven Hoy. "I am always amazed at the level of student engagement fostered by these events that we host in collaboration with schools and districts. We especially love the wonderful spirit of the Hawaii schools —so many students and teachers came together to enjoy the competition while also maintaining teamwork and support for all."
In the elementary team-based competition, Honowai Elementary placed first, followed by August Ahrens Elementary in second, Waimalu Elementary in third and Nanaikapono Elementary in fourth. For the secondary schools, first place went to Waianae High, followed by Nanakuli High/Intermediate and the GEAR-UP team from Waianae High in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
First place in the elementary individual competition went to 6th grader Royca Ilage from August Ahrens Elementary. Second place went to Janelle Carlos, a 5th grade student from Honowai Elementary, and third place went to 4th grader Lui Fuata from Nanaikapono Elementary. At the secondary level, 9th grader Alena Estomage from Nanakuli High/Intermediate took first place. Second and third place went to Charley Pittman and Cheralei Tokunaga-Williams respectively, both 10th grade students from the GEAR-UP Waianae High team.
To close out the day, educator chaperones participated in a short competition just for teachers so they could demonstrate their math and gaming prowess to their students. Drew Rosado, a teacher from Nanakuli Intermediate/High, took home the 1st place trophy!
All participants received a limited edition 2015 DimensionU Hawai'i Math Games t-shirt. In addition, three lucky people—one elementary student, one high school student, and one teacher, each won an iPad Mini as a door prize.
About DimensionU, Inc
DimensionU, Inc is an award-winning educational software company that creates highly engaging multi-player video games for elementary, middle, and high school students. The games can be integrated into classroom instruction or played at home, and students, teachers, and parents all love the games.
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