This years FIRST Lego League (FLL) mission is "Learning Unleashed" and Team C.A.K.E. B.A.T.T.E.R. (7407) created a board game to help everyone learn the state: names, capitals, birds, flowers, statehood dates, and region.
We chose the US States because we are learning the states in our class, and the method we used to learn them was not much fun. We think it’s because kids like to play more than sit in one place for a long time.
In Learning you first need to create a goal for learning your subject. For example Make studying for the test for… “Let’s say” social studies states test, then you need to have:
An incentive for motivation
Put students teams
The experience interactive
We have picked the age group 9 to 999 because everyone can have fun learning or remembering facts about the Untied States. The game we created can be played as individuals in a family game or as teams in a classroom game. The cost is about $15.00.
First we decided amongst our group that a board game would be a fun and effective way to learn. In our first idea we only needed to name the state. We then decided that we should also have to know:
The state bird
The state flower
The statehood date.
Later we added a spinner that would tell you what you have to say about the state that you landed on and if you did not know the answer you could pick a card which will give a hint.
Finally we added penalty, bonus and mystery cards to make the game more fun.
In our research we found some other state games such as:
A US State Symbols Games
State the State
Place the State Games,
The U.S. States
United States Map Puzzles and
Name that State
Everyone that has seen or played our board game has been very impressed.
We have presented our idea at the following events:
Girl Scouts Women of Distinction
Orlando Science Center—Maker Fair
Florida Solar Center—Robotics Showcase
We will be giving our game to the following:
Kennedy Space Center Education Center
Lake Fern Montessori
Saint Teresa Catholic School
Parrish Medical Hospital Children's Ward
Ronald McDonald House in Orlando
Oak Park Elementary
Imperial Estates Elementary
We will be giving our game to the school which hosts the tournament we attend. We have entered our project in the FIRST Global Innovations Competition and we have tried contacting the Education.com group and Hasbro company about our idea.