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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fun and Games (and oh yeah Math)


"The Innovation Factory" is promoting its "Magic Cube" product (a Rubik's Cube on steroids) with a contest to see who can be first to find the correct solution out of the 140,000,000,000,000,000,000,000+ possible solutions:

http://if-chicago.com/portfolio/the-magic-cube/

In exciting news from Keith Devlin, his company InnerTube Games is finally out with its "Wuzzit Trouble" app game for young people (currently available for iOS platforms as a free download). Great interview with Dr. Devlin in this Forbes article:

http://tinyurl.com/nhqkovr

This older American Scientist piece by Keith gives more of the principles behind 'Wuzzit' (with an analogy to music):

http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/the-music-of-math-games/1

And finally, Keith also gives an introduction to the game in this video:

http://vimeo.com/73095116

More generally, one may also want to read about MMO games (if not already familiar with them) and their possible future in education:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massively_multiplayer_online_game

And Dr. Devlin wrote a whole book on the general topic:

http://www.amazon.com/Mathematics-Education-New-Era-Learning/dp/1568814313



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