The Online Magazine of the Academic Games Leagues of America
|News & Notes||Schedule Analysis||Setting the Goal||Down Memory Lane||Past AGazines|
News and Notes
Here is a summary of the various leagues, the games they play locally, and the order in which they play the games throughout the year.
Some conclusions from the above table:
Setting the Goal
I’ve been teaching Equations recently to a dozen students (Grades 4-10) at a small academy for home-schooled students. The situation is not the usual one where students at a school volunteer (or are recommended by their teachers) to play Academic Games. Equations has been part of the daily curriculum for all these students for several weeks. So I’ve had to break down certain tasks like setting the Goal to help players who blindly set a two-digit number without considering whether they have the Resources to make a Solution for that Goal.
Here are the ideas I came up with after analyzing my own thought processes. I will develop these into a new Equations Worksheet but wanted to get some feedback first. Remember that this lesson is for beginners.
Let’s look at an example.
0 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 4 5 5 6 7 7 8 + + + x x x – – ^
How many additional Solutions and Goals from the Resources above can you make?
Down Memory Lane
A brochure from the Michigan League of Academic Games for the 1976-77 school year included the following.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE
The Michigan League of Academic Games had its beginnings in the Ann Arbor area in the Spring of 1968. On a request from the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Layman Allen and Joan Ross directed a highly successful seminar with participants including teachers and students from local junior high schools. By 1971 regular tournaments were being held twice monthly. In May 1975, MLAG established the tradition of sponsoring a statewide Super Tournament. Eighty-seven students representing schools from the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Lansing areas participated in this first event at Oakland University. The 1976 Super Tournament found 141 contestants coming together at Eastern Michigan University for a weekend of playing games, of learning, of sharing, and of having fun. Because of this favorable response, immediate plans to expand Super Tournament III to become an all-day Friday-Saturday event were begun. Tournament games have been continually reviewed so that they now include the following: