Math is all around us, especially at an auto show!
Visitors to the Chicago Auto Show on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 15, can participate in the first-ever Math Power Game (MPG) Challenge! MPG is 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.
How are circles and ellipses related? Explore this concept and more at the Chicago Auto Show!
Many people 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.
During the MPG challenge, families are welcome to play 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
Dara, an ancestor of chess that was originally played by the Dakarkari children in what is now the Sokota State region of Nigeria.
Families can use these games as inspiration for creating their own math game! The K-12 Game-a-thon invites students from across the country to design, build and share their 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.
Brienne is a Director of Education Success and former Elementary School Teacher. She speaks on behalf of the MIND Research Institute across the country to illuminate the power and necessity of neuroscience-based, interactive math software that is designed to teach all students how math really works.