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Math Community Guide: Math Club Event, 9/19/12

BSU Mathematics Department Events, BSU Math Club, and more

Past Events

Movie Night, Monday, December 10, 2012, 5:00 pm. CON 461, Movie Night Event Flyer

Math Competition at the Northeastern Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America at BSU, Friday, 16 November, 2012, Conant Science Building

Mathematics of Origami, Monday, 5 November, 2012, 5:00 pm, Bridgewater Dinning Room (RCC104), Origami Night Event Flyer

Fall 2012 Game Night


Wednesday, 19 September, 2012
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
East Commons 112
Game Night Event Flyer

Games That Help Children to Learn Math Concepts and Logic

Introduced by
Dr. Polina Sabinin
Assistant Professor
Mathematics Department
Specialized in K-12 Math Education


MetaForms is a progression of 80 visual puzzles structured on mathematical logic. Surprisingly, due to its visual presentation, it makes complex logical reasoning accessible to children as young as three years of age. The puzzles get very challenging and can even keep professional logicians on their toes. In schools, Metaforms can support teachers in preparing students for explaining their reasoning as well as proof.


Clicko is a quick-to-learn, yet challenging, game with visual clues to challenge the best visualizers out there! It focuses on building structures using only their projections. The puzzles increase in difficulty as we become more comfortable with the building blocks. In schools, Clicko can support teachers in preparing students for the study of 3-D geometry in a fun and engaging way.


Pocket Frogs

Introduced by
Dr. Heidi Burgiel
Associate Professor
Mathematics Department


The puzzle in Pocket Frogs is interesting because it seems to always be solvable. However, there are so many different ways that this 6x6 puzzle can be randomly generated that it's not practical to solve them all by hand. For even slightly smaller game boards it is possible to reach a "brute force" solution. Students were given a worksheet outlining the first two of three steps in proving that the 4x4 version of the Pocket Frogs puzzle is always solvable. Pocket Frogs is a free iPhone/iPad and Android game whose development is supported by in-app purchases; more information about Pocket Frogs can be found at

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Other Games Also Played

More K-12 Math Games

(Available in the Educational Resource Center, Maxwell Library, 2nd floor.)

The above titles are collected and donated to the library by Dr. Polina Sabinin. More games can be found in the Educational Resource Center, Instructional Aids collection:

Photos from the Event