Monday, April 20, 2009

Building empires to learn math

A game about ancient civilizations is helping some elementary- and middle-school students in Utah better understand basic and advanced math, practice problem-solving skills and learn ancient history. The students face hundreds of complex decisions in running their own virtual societies as part of a math game called Empire created by their teacher, Scott Laidlaw. As the Salt Lake Tribune reports, children are encouraged to focus on solving problems using mental strategies rather than paper and pencil.

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