In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.
In our latest episode, Brian welcomes Education Engagement Manager Calli Wright back to the podcast to talk about our new storybook board games, MathMINDs Games: South of the Sahara. Calli provides insight into the development of the games, from their origins at Math Fair to the iterative process of crafting stories that teach rules and allow for gameplay without facilitation.
There had to be a way to take that whole experience—going to the Math Fair exhibit, playing the games, experiencing some of the culture and history of where the games are from—and make it into something tangible, that we could actually give to families and they would be able to facilitate the experience entirely on their own.
-Calli Wright, MIND Research Institute
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Topics covered in this episode:
0:45 Intro 2:05 Our gaming origins
3:50 Benefits of tabletop games 5:00 Chance and choice in games 6:50 Game rules as a barrier to entry 10:00 Creating a learning experience 11:15 Evolution and iterations of the MathMINDs Games 14:20 Story as a vehicle for history, gameplay and learning 16:25 Experiential, episodic learning 19:00 How the MathMINDs Games help build mathematical schema 24:00 Where to find more info
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Brian LeTendre is the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian work cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.