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Playing and Learning Together with MathMINDs Games

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.

You can find our more about the MathMINDs games and purchase them at

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 fromand 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

You can listen to the episode in the player below:

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

About the Author

Brian LeTendre was the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian worked cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.


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