Free online learning game on Math debuts

Math class will be different with the launch of Lure of the Labyrinth, an online pre-algebra middle school math game developed to reach the tech-savvy students in a contemporary new way.

Maryland Public Television (MPT), in collaboration with MIT’s Education Arcade and education media producer FableVision, have applied the latest research in game theory and cutting-edge design to produce a powerful, free learning tool to help all students learn regardless of their math ability.

Lure of the Labyrinth can be accessed free of charge at Thinkport.org, MPT’s K-12 education website.

Utilizing the immersive characteristics of digital games, Labyrinth blends a compelling storyline with multi-level puzzle play to build pre-algebra skills in several core areas: proportions – fractions and ratios; variables and equations; and numbers and operations.

An underground monster-inhabited world comes to life as students plunge into a shadowy factory on a compelling rescue mission. Taking on a monster persona (avatar) students disguise themselves as “insiders” to maneuver through math problems and ultimately rescue their missing pet.

Labyrinth can be played individually or in teams, and was created to give all students a chance to learn and succeed. An online communication device allows players to exchange ideas and game strategies and encourages collaborative game play while building 21st century skills.

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