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“I’m gonna roll them dice…”

Last month marked the 10th Annual Arlington County ThinkFun Math Dice Tournament… and while these 5th graders wowed the crowd with their impressive mental math skills, the team spirit performances got equal billing as stars of the show!

You may recall stellar performances in years past, like last year’s Math Dice-themed version of “Proud Mary” or this 2010 [...]

Bring a MathDice Tournament to your classroom!

For the past several years, I have shared the fun of the annual Arlington County MathDice Tournament.  This county-wide event brings together students who have been practicing and playing Thinkfun’s MathDice game for months in preparation, and the skill level, determination, and often off-the-wall wacky team spirit is always inspiring!

For a refresher, check out last [...]

Exploring the future of learning at TEDxEdmonton Education

Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling waaaaay up north to be part of the very first TEDxEdmonton Education conference!  In the TED spirit of ideas worth spreading, this conference focused around a conversation on how learning is evolving and impacting our schools, workplaces and industries.

This fantastic event featured speakers directly from the education world and individuals doing [...]

An Interview with Sam Ritchie, 12 year old MathDice inventor

Last year, Stephanie Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio interviewed Sam Ritchie, son of ThinkFun co-founders Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie!

 

Meet the Toymaker: Sam Ritchie of ThinkFun

Stephanie: My kids also grew up with a parent in “toys.”  Did you enjoy being on the front lines at ThinkFun? Did you help test new games as a child?

Sam: I [...]

Take it from a middle school teacher - playing MathDice makes math FUN!

Who knew 5 ilttle dice could bring math to life – and make it so fun?! I love this story shared by Christan Martin, a Gifted Teacher at Colonial Heights Middle School in Virginia!

 

Enter Room 121. Students are seated at desks facing the chalkboard. The teacher stands at the front of the room working math problems. [...]

I Throw My Dice up in the Air Sometimes...

This weekend’s 9th Annual MathDice Tournament was a tremendous success!

This year all 22 Arlington County elementary schools were represented, and we learned from coaches that making the team was more competitive than ever!  At one school, 90 5th graders wanted a shot at one of the coveted 4 spots, and the school had to hold [...]

Magical, Musical MathDice!

There is a buzz in the air around here… a buzz that sounds a whole lot like the clattering of plastic dice… MathDice!

This Saturday, ThinkFun will host the 9th Annual Arlington MathDice tournament, and 5th grade teams all over the county and practicing like crazy in anticipation of the big day!  As I’ve shared in the [...]

Counting My (Rubber) Chickens

Rubber chicken playing MathDice

Spring is in the air, which makes it fitting that I opened a package yesterday filled with… Spring Chickens!  More specifically,  a box of springy, squawking,  rubber chickens!

Box O' Chickens!

With the 9th Annual MathDice Tournament upon us, we’re busily gathering games, trophies, challenges… and the arrival of these rubbery feathered friends kicked the anticipation [...]

Somebody call a doctor, these kids have... MathDice Fever!

This Saturday marked the 8th Annual ThinkFun MathDice Tournament, and what a fun-filled morning it was!  We were thrilled to welcome teams of 5th graders from 21 Arlington County elementary schools, many of whom showed up at the crack of dawn!  Arriving an hour early to find kids and their families waiting eagerly at the [...]

Celebrating Math Day the ThinkFun Way!

This month, the mathematicians at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington, VA celebrated their love of math with their annual school-wide Math Day event!

Check out the math-inspired fashion!

The math program at McKinley is supported by incredible teachers and an administration committed to making math fun and meaningful, and we are proud to be [...]