Magazine article Teach

[Kids Mensa]

Magazine article Teach

[Kids Mensa]

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Platforms: Windows 3.1/ Win 95/ Win 98, Macintosh 7.01 or later

BY ALISON GIRLING

If you go to the Mensa Canada Society's home page, you will find (in the section that is open to non-Mensa members) a puzzle of the month:

How many birthdays does the average person have?

Hint: this is a very typical kind of Menza puzzle.

The Mensa Society was formed as a club for highly intelligent people to meet, socialize, match wits, and travel together.

Kids Mensa is a CD-ROM that was created by the British branch of Mensa. It is a particularly nice piece of software because it is not didactic. Instead, kids are presented with a series of puzzles that are really pretty challenging. There are 100 Numbers puzzles with 10 levels of difficulty, 120 Mind Tails, 40 Secret Codes to crack, and a series of offbeat Fun Facts. The CD-ROM really is meant for kids who like a challenge and like to test themselves. It would help students sharpen their wits for the "Pythagorus Math" competition; it would also be a good program to promote critical thinking skills. If you are looking for computer programs for kids to play in pairs, this might be a good one to keep in mind. Children could approach the problems as a team and explain to each other how and why they found the answer. The math presented in Kids Mensa would be especially appropriate for children in grades 6 through 8.

Kids Mensa has an easy-to-use interface. Players sign in, pick an activity and level of difficulty, and start straight in on a question. If children have selected an activity that they have already played, they will find that the answers are left on the screen from a previous game. …

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