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Puzzle Plays: Using Games, Challenges, and Brain-Teasers in the Math Classroom

Monday, February 1 at 9:30 am ET (New York)

Appropriate for math educators (grades 6 to 12)

Educators, mark your calendars now for a day of professional development, MoMath style!  Learn how puzzles, an inherently human and enjoyable activity, can be used to bolster math learning in your classroom.

This workshop is geared toward middle and high school (grades 6 to 12) math educators who would like to strengthen their understanding of and interest in mathematics.

To fully participate, please have the following handy:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper
  • Graph paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Colored pens, pencils, or markers (4 colors)
  • At least 20 small objects (e.g., coins, paper clips, Legos, crafts sticks)
  • Printed copies of handouts that will be sent to registrants prior to the event

Don't miss a special morning session presented by Aaron Kaswell, the math teacher featured in the recent documentary about KenKen, Miyamoto and the Machine

MoMath's education team will present three sessions in the afternoon:

Pythagorean Puzzler
The Pythagorean Puzzler is an exhibit at MoMath that demonstrates one of the proofs for the Pythagorean Theorem.  Make your own paper version of the exhibit and take away ideas as to how you can incorporate this concept into your teaching!

"Solve the Game"
Many games are actually math problems in disguise.  These games offer opportunities for student engagement, pair and group work, and mathematical communication.  In this workshop, participants will learn (and solve) games in the context of educational theory.  Problem solving, conceptual understanding, and creativity will arise as we explore the benefits and challenges of using games in the math classroom.

"Puzzling Probabilities"
The Monty Hall problem is the most famous game of probability in mathematics.  What at first seems like a 50-50 chance is actually subtly stacked and, when the true win percentage was first revealed, no one believed it.  In this workshop, participants will learn about similar surprising probabilities and about how seemingly simple games of luck can defy our expectations.

Puzzle Plays registrants will be invited to a screening of the new documentary Miyamoto and the Machine, recently featured in this article in The New Yorker, followed by a discussion with Robert Fuhrer, President of KENKEN Puzzles LLC.

This is a live-streamed event.  Occasional video recordings are made available for a fee at

February 1, 2021 9:30 am   through   3:00 pm
MoMath Online
United States
Phone: 212-542-0566
Event Fee(s)
Registration fee
Registration fee $ 99.00

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