BACCHIC Field Trips
With the establishment of BACCHIC, courtesy of
ThinkFun Inc. (A Binary Arts® Company) and Chiu Chang Mathematics Foundation, I am able to
welcome classes of elementary school children to the university campus
for half-day field trips during the week. I will give a lecture at the
appropriate level to the kids. Then they have time for a mechanical
puzzle session during which each kid is provided with his or her own
set. They will also leave with sheets of mathematical puzzles.
At present, we have thirteen different mechanical puzzles in the Centre,
with 24 sets of each except for
Lunar Lockout® and Logix Signature. These three are the most
frequently requested items, and we have stocked 30 sets of each, since
the class size has been increasing even at the elementary school level.
All three are progressive puzzles, meaning that it has multiple levels.
Rush Hour® provides excellent training in developing sequential
Lunar Lockout®, my personal favourite, develops geometric and
spatial intuition. Logix Signature, as the title implies, hones logical
thinking. All three are outstanding mechanical puzzles.