Board Buddies in LogiQ Land
Developing STEM skills
Developing STEM skills
We introduce the Board Buddies in LogiQ Land, our new handbook for parents and teachers written by Márk Szávin, our educational consultant at LearningChess.
“Children of the Z and Alpha generations will face many new challenges in the future, and most of them will pursue careers that do not even exist today. The primary purpose of this book is to introduce games and exercises that develop creative thinking and thus enable children to tackle and solve unexpected, complex problems confidently.” – says Márk.
We choose chess as an environment which we find to be easily accessible for children. The problems arising on the chessboard are universal, so the skills can be more easily transferred to other domains where they can be used successfully. The development of mathematical logic, generalization, and thinking in systems are enormously helpful for grasping the essentials of STEM domains.
The five chapters of the book:
- visuospatial skills
- problem solving
- chess mathematics
- algorithmic thinking.
To use this book, one would only need to be familiar with the basic movement of the chess pieces.
All of the games and puzzles can be used with children of different ages and abilities. The reader will receive an extensively tested material. The diagrams were made with our proprietary LogiQ Board, and all of them are attached in digital format. These can be loaded into the editor and are ready to use.
Board Buddies in LogiQ Land is meant to be the first part of a series. In the first part, we summarize the decade-long teaching experience of the author and LearningChess, which is based upon teaching tens of thousands of kids online and in schools as well.
LogiQ Board – Unleash your creativity!
LogiQ Board is a versatile teaching tool. Thanks to the wide variety of graphic elements, it can be used for creating exercises, puzzles, problems, or designing new board games. Using it encourages creativity and gives room for fantasy. One of the advantages is the whole array of new elements on the board, which does not only help to get the attention of children but will also help to sustain it. Besides, the instantly loadable and modifiable files significantly reduce the workload of preparing a lesson.
How to use this book?
The primary purpose of this book is to encourage logical thinking and not the development of competitive chess skills. The emphasis is on enhancing specific skills like classifying, evaluating, and analytical thinking. The reader will find recommendations about the age of the target group as well as difficulty levels for each game and puzzle. These can be only referential since ‘average child’ is a rather abstract term. Certain puzzles can be presented to a four-year-old child, depending on the parent’s or teacher’s evaluation. The problems can be solved alone, in pairs, or even in small groups. The games are for two or more players.
It is worth considering to use the recommended text for children, just like the hints, which will help to use this book most efficiently.
You can find proposed variants for each example, so you can modify the level of difficulty or alter the goal of the game. Due to the flexibility of the exercises, the content is capable of covering multiple school terms.
The material complements traditional skill development methods. It helps your child progress in everyday subjects, as it can be applied to math lessons as well as to various extracurricular activities.
Every minute of developing skills and abilities is well spent!
- PC/Tablet with internet access for working alone or in small groups
- projector or smart board for larger groups
- LogiQ Board access (included in the price.)
Sample task from the book
Along with the appendix, teachers and parents will get enough material for multiple school terms. The book contains 9 games and 25 puzzles with hundreds of variants that were tested in practice. Each task and game comes with instructions, targeted age groups and development areas, hints for practical use, and task descriptions in the language of children. Let’s take a look at an example from the Problem Solving section.
Problem Solving: The Flood
Move the pieces the get to capture the flag with the Knight. No chess piece can touch the water. Complete the task in the least possible number of moves.
Children who can’t write down the solution should arrange the pieces in a separate row, following the order of moves. In this row, the Knight should be omitted. The notation is important because it helps to keep tracking the steps of the solution.
Text for children:
Hally, the horse, is in trouble!
Help him get to the other side.
LogiQ Land is an adventurous place,
and Hally doesn’t like to be stuck in a maze.
But this time his luck might have run out,
as he cannot swim as good as a trout.
A flood came in while they all slept at night,
but there is a patch of land in his sight.
If you help Hally’s friends, all move around,
he can safely get to the land that he found.
The problem can be reduced to a more simple one. How can the Knight reach a square which is in two steps diagonally? On an empty board, this takes four moves.
Now the solution requires more moves, as there are more pieces on the board:
K-N-R-R-N-B-N-Q-K-N and jump to the flag.
Skills and abilities:
– Reducing the problem
– Sequential thinking
The more pieces involved, the more difficult the task gets. Making an asymmetrical board segment is a better practice; thus, the level of difficulty won’t increase exponentially.
About the author
Márk Szávin is a chess and logic teacher, author of different chess textbooks, and also classical music teacher and performer. He is a co-developer and instructor of a countrywide educational project in Hungary, initiated by the Eszterházy University of Eger. He is an ECU chess trainer and also plays competitively. Since 2017, he is the educational consultant of Learning Chess. All games and puzzles were tested in his teaching praxis, and he uses them daily. Márk introduces his book at the London Chess Conference 2019.
How to order?
The price of the book is $24.99 in PDF format. The price includes full access to LearningChess LogiQ Board and the tasks of the book in digital format.
Get a 30% discount and pre-order the “Board Buddies in LogiQ Land” book now for only $17.49. You’ll receive it before Christmas!