We have a great game in our Cyberchase: The Chase Is On! exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Houston call Dragon Dilemma. It is based on an actual episode from the PBS Kids’ show Cyberchase (episode 118: Problem Solving in Shangri-La) where the Cybersquad had to beat the Hacker (if you aren’t familiar with Cyberchase, that means the good guys have to beat the bad guys) in a game of wits involving dragons. Here are the instructions to recreate this game at home:
What You Need:
15 objects – 14 that are similar and one that isn’t the same. For example, 14 pennies and 1 dime OR 14 paper clips and one rubber band OR 14 beans and one coin
Decide who will go first
Players take turns taking 1 or 2 of the same pieces from the pile
The goal is to NOT take the odd piece out (i.e. not have to take the last piece)
This is a game of problem solving and strategic thinking. There is a way to guarantee you will win every time, providing you can figure out and following the winning pattern. The video will get you started, but we’ll leave it to you to figure out the full pattern.
Once you figure it out, try modifying the game to figure out new strategies – what if you can remove 1, 2, or 3 pieces in your turn? Or only 2 or 3? What if you have more pieces or fewer? What if you add a third player?