An eighth grade math teacher has her kids programming video games to learn algebra.
As they create video games that take them to the next level, they are moving up in skills in algebra.
Through the use of a video game programming tool called Bootstrap, math teacher Carrie Silva teaches concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem and calculating a slope. An open house was held to introduce parents to the activitiy.
“He’s been talking about this since the open house,” said Rebecca Mendoza. Her son dived into the project, she added. “It was a lot of work.”
Student Angel Mendoza created a pursuit game in which police chase a thief and a bag of money. He liked it when Silva embedded a stealth math lesson in the game. “She made it really fun,” he said.
In order to make the characters in this game move, Angel had to plot coordinates, much as he would do on a graph in algebra. In programming, algebraic mapping is a tool that is is used in play