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How would you prepare students for "Alice and Bob" Putnam problems?

Every year the Putnam Competition features at least one question that describes Alice and Bob playing game, and asks for one player's winning strategy or something similar. Since these questions are ...
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Games suitable for high school level teaching

Context and examples When teaching mathematics to a new class in high school, I often open up with some mathematical games that can be played cooperatively and with minimal requirements (good old ...
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Ideas for game-theoretic meta contest problems for HS students

$\text{Hi,}$ new contributor here. I am a teacher's assistant for a class in a Math Circle program for mathematically advanced high school (and occasionally a few middle school) students. I was ...
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Middle school math games for the parking lot

I'm looking for math games that a group of students in grades 5 to 10 (ages 11 to 15, say) could play in a gym or parking lot. My school has a STEM Day each year and I get tasked with cooking up some ...
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A game that is between Noughts and Crosses and Sprouts for complexity?

I love the game of Sprouts but unfortunately at the moment it seems to be a bit too complex for the young student I have introduced to it. She already knows noughts and crosses (also called Tictactoe)....
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Math questions for math game

I am building a math game, the Problem I am not a math teacher. :) So I am trying to find the best way to create questions for different ages and different levels, I tried to google it but no luck. In ...
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A video game for teaching the concept of a mathematical proof

Two students in my game development course would like, as a final project, to develop a video game for teaching mathematics. In contrast to the many other games for teaching maths, which focus mainly ...
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Math activities for fast-finishers

I am a math teacher for sixth graders and I am trying to think of some strategies to keep the students who finish their work quickly productively occupied. I would like to have a selection of ...
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Appealing thinking games, that are easy to make; easy to learn, and easy to play

$\color{Green}{\text{My Question in short}}$: Unprovable claim: Someone who is familiar with 100 thinking-games, and plays 30 of them reasonably well, is more prepared to go to math than the average ...
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Is there a game or analogy for searching for a number $R$ that is multiple of some number $A$ but not multiple of another $B$?

$\DeclareMathOperator{\lcm}{lcm}$There are many applications for finding the GCD or LCM of two numbers. I'm now interested in finding anything that could be used to illustrate the following ...
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How to convince parents that Mathematical puzzles/games help students in their academics too

I write content and conduct workshops for an education firm and also in schools where I try to make them realise how beautifully mathematics and rational thinking complement each other (on elementary ...
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Using video games as an introductory tool for game theory? Can video games illustrate game theoretic concepts?

A friend of mine is planning to create an educational video dealing with Game theory. His teaching strategy is to introduce the subject via video games. For example, he told me that the game "...
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Teaching math by serving it as games with rules first, not intuition?

Just now I'm thinking a crazy reversed idea: Is it good to teach math to elementary students without starting from its real world motivation or making it intuitive first, but rather by realizing that ...
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Targeted group game for 8 or 9 players

I am a graduate math student and I believe that a nice way to raise the mathematical skills of people(especially students!) is to familiarize them with games and encourage them to use their minds and ...
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What is a good hex board size for kids to learn on, playing short games?

I'm designing some lessons on Game Theory, various versions to adapt to grades 1 through 9. In one of them I use the game of Hex to talk about games where we can prove some stuff about it even though ...
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What's the age recomendation for my app?

I've developed an android math game called MathLab that has started to gain popularity. It's a simple fill-in-the-grid puzzle with variable cell sizes and locking cells. My daughter's math teacher got ...
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Free, open-source, customizable, interactive math books with gaming elements

Free, open-source, customizable, interactive books games. Most kids find computer games much more fun than learning math. Many programmers (including some programmers with 5-6 digit monthly salaries) ...
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Math Outdoor/Camping Games and Activities

Me and my 7th-grade students are going to a 3-day trip. It's an excellent opportunity to have some outdoor math games and activities. What games and activities do you suggest? Do you know any source ...
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How to work with polynomials in difficult classes?

I am currently teaching a very difficult class, with young people (16 years old) who are deeply unmotivated and restless. I should work with them with polynomials, but I'm having a troublesome time; ...
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Fun resources and games for advanced elementary school math students?

My younger cousin (2nd grade USA) is advancing very quickly in his current math class. The school does not have much to support him in moving ahead in the material. What websites (preferably game or ...
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Fun Activities/Games Before a Break/Between Units for Secondary Geometry

I have been planning ahead and it looks like i will have a solid three to four days before the winter break where we wont really be in a unit. We will have just finished a unit and i do not want to ...
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A basic game to make arguments about

I think a significant start to my development as a mathematician was playing card games (mostly Euchre) with my parents in my youth. After a particular round, my father would tell me, "Well, with your ...
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Game or gamified application for teaching/learning secondary school mathematics

Is there any game or gamified application for teaching/learning mathematics covering a high school/secondary school curriculum?
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Helping a reluctant 12 year old

How can I help my 12 year old daughter strengthen her math skills? My strategy up until a year or so ago had been relaxed. I subscribe to the idea that the best motivation for learning is the ...
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Fun games for children [closed]

I'm looking for fun games for children (from 4 to 12 years) used in learning math concepts. They can be offline or online games.
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Examples of Good Mathematical Games for a Mathematical Olympic

As a crazy idea in a coffee break after a boring lecture I suggested my students and colleges that we can have some fun in our department by participating in a "Mathematical Olympic Games". They ...
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