The Solver: Blog

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Math & Code Gamification at Work & Play

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Today's blog combines two hot topics in education right now: coding and gamification.  In case you are not familiar with these two ideas, I offer some definitions from Wikipedia:


Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems.

Computer programming is the comprehensive process that leads from an original formulation of a computing problem to executable programs. It involves activities such as analysis, understanding, and generically solving such problems resulting in an algorithm, verification of requirements of the algorithm including its correctness and its resource consumption, implementation (or coding) of the algorithm in a target programming language.

What I love about today's post is that it begins with the simplest of all well-known games:  Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS) and then, with some well-placed edtech, turns it into something fabulous!

Classic Chaos & Code


Today's blog brings back a classic game from back in the day and gives it a new modern twist by adding some coding fun.  The game is the Chaos Game and, if you haven't heard of it before or used it with your students, then you are in for a treat!

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