Absolutely Valuable: Because Two Solutions Are Better Than One
As a high school math teacher I'm often experimenting with the delicate balance between having fun in the classroom and helping students learn the curriculum. With the game Absolutely Valuable, fun and learning go hand in hand, and there is no need to compromise one for the other.
In Absolutely Valuable, the primary mechanic reinforces the solving of Absolute Value Equations. To the players, it appears as though they are just counting spaces, but in reality they are learning the procedure to solve the equations.
The peasants just want a chance to impress the royalty, but they can’t seem to keep up with their whims. In the mines there are many gems and fossils to be discovered, too bad the peasants won’t work together. Be the peasant with the most valuable collection and earn the key to the kingdom.
Players believe they are only mining gems and fossils. Little do they know, they’re learning how to solve Absolute Value Equations. Each player takes his turn placing numbers in the equation. These numbers determine the position of the dig sites. Alternatively, on his turn a player may use a queen or king card to change the value of a gem of his choice.
Step 1) Take a pre-test to see what you don't know:GoConqr - Absolutely Valuable Pre-Test
Step 2) Play Absolutely Valuable
Step 3) Take a post-test to see what you know now:GoConqr - 1_Absolutely Valuable Post-Test
NOTE: This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.