The Mathalon, like a Marathon, is all about perseverance and completion. We created the Mathalon to help teachers and principals create a culture and celebration around doing math and to help students by creating a milestone moment that reminds them that "I can do math".
Here's how it works:
A student earns a star for each unique question they answer on the first try. These can be questions assigned by their teacher (through Missions), or through the student's SOLVE section (which is their self-guided learning section available at all times in their account).
Stars are unique to the question, and a student can see the question more than once if it is assigned in a Mission, and they did it in their SOLVE section but will only get one star per each unique question.
As students earn stars, they move towards completing the Knowledgehook Mathalon.
The number of stars needed to complete the Mathalon is different for each grade but students can see their progress by going to the dropdown in the top right corner of their screen and clicking on "Mathalon":
There are two milestone moments in the Mathalon:
- Half Mathalon - earning 125 stars (which is half the stars of the Full Mathalon)
- Full Mathalon - earning 250 stars in total
Teachers can purchase real medals from the Knowledgehook Shop to celebrate the Full Mathalon achievement. You can also use the 3D Augmented Reality badges and trophies to celebrate.
So many teachers and schools have used the Mathalon to elevate math to the level of sports and other celebrated activities in the school. We can't wait to hear your story!
The SOLVE section has access to enough stars to complete the Mathalon on its own, so a teacher doesn't have to worry about assigning 250 unique questions. The teachers do not see the SOLVE section, but the questions are the same questions available to teachers in their Activities section where they can choose what activities to assign their students.