Learning Logic through Games

Game theory is the process of modeling the strategic interaction between two or more players in a situation containing set rules and outcomes.  In some respects, game theory is the science of strategy, or at least the optimal decision-making of independent and competing actors in a strategic setting.  That is just a fancy way of saying that during this 30 week, 1 ½ hour course, students will hone their skills of logic, forward thinking, (and even economics!) through the use of ‘old fashioned’ board games.  Play the odds with Yahtzee (while developing skills of prediction). 

This fun class with have students excited to play and ready to win!  Develop strategies to conquer the world in Risk.  Check-mate your best pal in Chess (and develop conditional conclusion skills) .  Spades, Monopoly, Backgammon, Chinese Checkers, and Khet are just a few of the games that will inspire mathematical and strategic thinking as we optimize outcomes based on the choices at hand. 


Time: 2:35-4:05
Grade: 6-8
Class Fees: $325
Supply fee: $65
Tutor: Candace Fortino

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.  Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.