Boys math board game multiplies learning, fun
Blake Perry, 11, has a knack for numbers. When his advanced-math teacher asked the class to create a game to help solve confounding order-of-operations math equations, the sixth grade student didn’t waste time.
Blake worked tirelessly to create a game that would not only be fun to play, but also would make learning easy for players.
“I decided to use the Monopoly game concept with a football twist. I called it ‘Mathopoly: NFL Edition.’ I used a plastic board for the basic game board, colored construction paper for the draw cards and colored markers to draw game squares around the board,” he explained.
Blake said the game looks like a football field, and the players used football-themed helmets as game pieces.
“Each person playing the game has their own mini plastic football helmet to move around on the board,” he explained. “As they land on squares on the board game, they must solve math equations before they can move their football down the field in the middle of the game. The object is to be the first person to score three touchdowns to win the game. Kids are learning math, but at the same time, they are having fun playing the game.”
The middle schooler said he designed the game so that not only older children could play it, but so that children as young as 6 could also play.
“The younger kids can roll the dice and move around on the board as well. However, when they land on a square, they will not have to answer the advanced math problem. They’ll just move their piece the amount of yards noted on the space,” he said.
Blake said he is excited that his game can help kids who are struggling with math.
In addition to making the board game, Blake works with his church as an altar server. He plays on a baseball team, is in the academic club, is a member of student council and plays saxophone and piano. He said in the near future, he would like to tutor kids in math and social studies, which are his favorite subjects.
When it comes to assisting others, Blake said other kids shouldn’t be afraid to look for ways to help.
“Once you reach out to others, you realize that you get so much more in return.”
ABOUT BLAKE PERRY
OCCUPATION: Sixth-grader, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. The Woodlands
FAST FACT: Blake is an avid reader. He reads both fiction and nonfiction and believes reading is the first step in learning.
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