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Summer SAVY Session 3, Day 3 – Games Galore

Posted by on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Day 3:  It was another fantastic day in our SAVY Games Galore class! Students were introduced to the concept of uniformity. We explored examples of how uniformity in nature assists with making accurate predictions about outcomes. Students learned that some predictions require stable conditions and become less likely if conditions change. Other predictions are based on variable conditions, such as crop yields. Students transferred knowledge about uniformity in nature to uniformity of tools, such as spinners, dice, cards, and rules for games. They conducted a number of investigations exploring the frequency and fair games. Investigations included: Dice Drop, Bin Basketball, and Spin to Win. We also read “A Very Improbable Story” about beating the odds. Students concluded that beating the odds is equivalent to being lucky in a game. Further, the story introduced the History of Mathematical Probability. Students learned that way back in 1654, two French Mathematicians (Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat) developed the theory of mathematical probability after a dispute between players of a dice game. In 1812, another French mathematician, Pierre-Simon Laplace, applied the theory to scientific and practical problems. Challenge your child to recognize the probability of occurrences in games and in the world around them. Tomorrow, we will continue game investigations in our Probability Stations, and students will begin the process of designing their own game for our Probability Carnival on Friday!

Have a nice evening!

Ms. Davidson and Ms. Yuka