Computational Thinking: Board Games

Computational Thinking: Board Games
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Benjamin wants to prove to his mom that video games are beneficial. However, his mom convinces him that board games, especially "Pandemic" ones, can improve computational thinking by allowing students to internalize a set of rules and devise strategies for optimizing behavior given these set of rules.

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  • Benjamin Learns How Board Games Can Impact His Computational Thinking Skills
  • Benjamin! Are you playing videogames again? You know, those are not good for your brain! 
  • MOM! There are LOTS of benefits to playing videogames!!  
  • Actually... board games are better! When you're playing a board game you have to KNOW the rules! In a video game, the computer does this for you. 
  • Especially in "Pandemic" board games, you can engage in computational thinking! You have use complex reasoning and make inferences. Players have to use conditional logic as well as be able to determine problems to fix rules that don't work. 
  • Yeah... so what?
  • What about cooperation?  In my experiences, I always thought it was really important to be able to work with others when playing a board game. Is that a part of computational thinking? And what are some types of Pandemic board games?
  • Those are good questions Benjamin! Maybe you could ask your technology teacher. 
  • At school the next day...
  • Ok class! Today in social studies instead of reading the textbook, we will be playing a Pandemic game in small groups. There are 4 infectious diseases that are spreading across the world. You have to combat the spread of the diseases by moving tokens to different cities and gathering information about cures and vaccines. 
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