It’s game on at lunch time for middle school students as they grab their lunches and head off to a room to work on math games between bites.
In Stoughton at River Bluff Middle School, students play 24 Challenge one day a week. This is a competitive math computation game which uses different decks of cards. Students have to find a way to use the four numbers on each card that equals 24 and involves variables, fractions, decimals, algebra and exponents
“It’s like a fun way to do something with your lunch time,” said eighth-grader Patrick Regan, 13.
Students practice in grade level groups in preparation for regionals later this year, when they will compete on their own. Students earn points during competition for the problems while being timed. They can be eliminated for wrong answers.
Most students taking part in 24 Challenge at River Bluff have been playing the game since fourth grade. It was first offered at Stoughton elementary schools either in the classroom or as a separate activity.