In Academic Games, students try to outthink each other in the areas of mathematics, language arts, and social studies.
What games are played?
Three of the competitions require players to use actual board game kits made by the company WFF ‘N PROOF. You may view the description of each Academic Game to see What Players Learn, How Do You Play, and How Do I Get the Materials. Select the name of a game to find out more about that game.
- EQUATIONS (Regular mathematics, ranging from the six basic operations at the beginning to very sophisticated math at the High School levels)
- ON-SETS (The mathematics of Set Theory)
- LINGUISHTIK (Applied grammar, vocabulary and writing skills)
In these competitions, a player competes against one or two other participants. The complexity of the games is shaped by moves that players make. Players must make moves that outwit their opponents at the highest mathematics and language arts levels. The basic rules are the same at all divisions, but the knowledge level required at the high school level is considerably more difficult than for the Elementary Division players.
- PRESIDENTS (knowledge of the cultural and political events of the U.S. Presidents)
- PROPAGANDA (recognition of various techniques of persuasion taken from real-life advertisements and political approaches and normal human interactions)
- THEME (a theme for the year, such as “The 1980’s,” “Space Exploration,” “Women in World History”)
- CURRENT EVENTS (current events of the most recent year)
These events require players to respond to questions or examples that are read aloud to all competitors. A player’s knowledge is tested but so is their confidence level. Students must develop strategies involving WHEN to answer, HOW MUCH to wager, or how BOLDLY to answer.
Some players excel at the head-to-head competitions, others are better at the question responses. National sweepstakes champion players and teams do well in both.