Win As Much As You Can

This activity allows students to discover the power of both competition and collaboration. Small teams of students compete by making a simple choice (choose X or Y) to earn points depending on the array of choices made by others in the set.  Students will observe and analyze their decision-making and the impact of their interactions with their own team members and the other teams. This seminar is designed to strengthen collaboration, decision-making, and conflict resolution.

Faculty: Michael Pattison - Math 8

Dates Offered

November 30, 2018
January 11, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to: This four minute TED Ed Original lesson about an Ice Cream War explains game theory and the Nash equilibrium.

  • At home: The card game Pitch is great for a family game night and can be played individually or in two-member teams. Competition or collaboration? Take your pick!

  • Great books: According to Common Sense Media Chasing Vermeer is an “intellectual challenge wrapped up in a mystery novel...with secret codes, mathematical patterns, hidden drawings” and interesting characters. A copy is available for checkout in the MS Media Center.

Why teach math through teamwork?

“Most people don’t tend to sit around and talk about their favorite algebra problems.” In his article Game Theory in Math Class, written for the National Association of Independent Schools, Ryan McLaughlin explains how important it is for students to interact with one another in the math classroom. Talking about math develops critical thinking and self-reflection.