Title: Mathematical Algorithm for Understanding Numbers and Their Operations Integrated into the Cornerstone of Learning in a Pelmanism Game: Mathesso
Stream: Nurturing Creativity & Innovation: New, Innovative & Radical Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Karel Janecek, Science 21 Foundation, Czech Republic
Leonard Bernau, Czech Technical University in Prague & Science 21 Foundation, Czech Republic
Tomáš Benka, Science 21 Foundation, Czech Republic
Filip Paulu, Czech Technical University in Prague & Science 21 Foundation, Czech Republic
Mathesso, a novel board game focusing on explaining elementary mathematics to kids of all ages, is presented. Using the principle "learning by playing", Mathesso allows children to acquire a rich intuition about the structure of the number system. The game has a strong potential for reaching comprehensive and rapid growth as a learning tool worldwide, including in developing countries, since there is no need for a good quality teacher to reach the full game potential.
The game's goal is to activate cognitive processes responsible for the origin and development of mathematical intuition. Mathesso is a game built upon the principle of reverse synaesthesia [1-3] towards the perception of dependencies between numbers. Using this method, children evolve a deeper understanding of context and avoid mechanical memorization, which is the leading cause of hardship experienced while learning mathematics. By playing this game, based on the idea of pelmanism, kids can quickly and naturally understand the principle of multiplication, division, powers, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, factorials, and more, explaining their principles. Moreover, the game is also strategically very appealing and thus has the potential to become a challenging strategic game on an international competition level.
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