Mani Chadaga is an 8-year-old math genius taking classes at the local junior-high magnet school.
The Pioneer Press article starts with a scene of second-grader Mani Chadaga in his junior high algebra class at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School, trying to make himself inconspicuous.
Mani's parents say his math fascination began at age 2 with the creation of Number Creatures. Mani drew pages of numbers with faces and different personalities living in their galaxy called Hexer, according to the Pioneer Press.
Since then, he learned to add and subtract by age 4, count to 1,000 by kindergarten, and multiply by age 5. Weeks after starting first grade, Mani had advanced to fourth-grade math. That spring he took fifth-grade math, and that summer he excelled in a sixth-grade textbook, which is how Mani is now in a junior-high algebra class.
His parents, Vivek and Julia Chadaga, are just trying to find ways to keep him stimulated but also spend most of the school day with his peers.
According to the Pioneer Press, next year, Mani will start pre-calculus and as a sixth-grader, he could start a calculus course through the University of Minnesota's Talented Youth Mathematics Program, an honors-level college-credit alternative for middle and high school students.