What are the chances of keeping Year 7 students amused during maths? Pretty high if their latest project is anything to go by! Half of the year group devised games based on chance and probability, then spent time trying out each other’s schemes.
Students have been fine-tuning their games over the past week. Each was given a £25 virtual stake to spend, with punters wanting to win while each game’s designers were trying to make a healthy profit.
Daniel Connell and his partner came up with two games. He said: ‘In the first you have got to pick three random cards that add up to ten to win. The other is a dice game where contestants have to get a prime number with three throws. I am pleased with how it is going as I have had one winner so far who got £2.’
Rebecca Stupples-Boucher and Phoebe Payne’s game consisted of a lucky dip where winners had to pick a ball out of a box. Rebecca said: ‘If you get a yellow dot on your ball you win a prize. There is a one in six chance of winning overall but so far four people have won and seven have lost.’
Head of Maths Mr Cowley said: ‘These are games based on chance and probability, not skill. Some were excellent like ‘Spin A Ball’ where competitors had to pick a coloured ball to determine which coloured spinner they could spin, each of which had different odds. Students have got to work out how much money they have taken and how many times somebody has won their game so we can decide who is the best based on teamwork, presentation and profitability.’