# Seventh Graders are enticed by the “Lure of the Labrynth”

Since I’ve finished my yearly math curriculum with two weeks to spare I’ve decided to enter my students in a gamed based video game mystery called “The Lure of the Labrynth”. It was developed by some researchers at MIT who wanted to see if video gamed based learning infused with mathematics would improve students math skills. I learned about it through my math learning community through “Edumodo”. Check out “Lure of the Labrynth” here.

A teacher registers their class and puts them into groups of 4-6 students and then each student builds an avatar in an underground virtual world and sets out to save “pets” through a number of math challenges. The more rooms one unlocks and more pets one saves, the higher score a student gets. There is a story line much in the medium of a comic book where the reader receives clues surrounding the larger mystery.

While students play the game, data is collected an analyzed by researchers at MIT to determine the effectiveness of this means of teaching math. Many of the math applications are subtle and require critical thinking and multiple problem solving strategies such as trial and error, reflecting on similar problems an so on.

I’m curious to what the data will support. My students love video games and comic books too, so hopefully they’ll respond favorably to the challenge. I’m sure the working hypothesis is whether bringing math to settings students enjoy will bring a heightened sense of understanding as students will see the immediate application and “reward” afterwards. I’ll comment later when our class is finished!

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### 40 Responses to Seventh Graders are enticed by the “Lure of the Labrynth”

1. Yesol says:

I mostly used subtraction and addition. Nothing was really challenging, but I had to go from the beginning again because of the beans(?) so it was annoying.

2. Yoo-Kyung says:

I used too many math skills to list (multiplication, division, subtraction, additions and more). I love this game. It is fun but also a great way to improve your math skills. Lure of the Labrynth is challenging and hard but it is fun and exciting. I had trouble figuring out the problems and mysteries.

3. Yuan Yuan says:

1. I had to use logical and deduction skills to play this game. We used many math skills in the game.
2. One very challenging thing I faced while playing this game was fighting the urge to smash my netbook tiny pieces.

4. Say Ken says:

I used addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division to solve the problem. I think that the game was challenging because it took a lot of time just to get through one room, sometimes I get frustrated and I give up.

5. Khoi says:

I need to use my math subtracting skill and memory to solve some of the mystery. Some time I need to multiply and divide them again. It was pretty fun

6. Thanh Giao says:

I learned a lot of multiplication and addition in this game. I used trial and error to get to the next room and I learned how to make money. The hard thing was that the computer was a bit laggy and some games were a bit hard.

7. Kyann says:

I think I used a lot of mutiplication. Some of them had adding and subtracting too. This was a very challenging game because it takes me quite a while to figure out the answer. And also its hard to find some room sometimes.

8. Eirik says:

I think that this was a good way to keep using out math skills, but in a fun way while we ran out of work. I enjoyed playing this in math class because it was a challenge doing this, but it was fun at the same time.

9. Andy says:

I used multiplication, and measurements to figure this game out. This game is pretty fun but when you get stuck in a place, I find it quite annoying. These mini math games gets harder and harder, which is good for me because I find this game quite easy!

10. Sampei says:

Tina: In this game, I used a lot of multiplication to solve the problems and probablity. Addition too. This game is hard.

11. To Y Tran says:

I used a lot of addition in this game and sometimes multiplication too. The hardest part for me in this game is not knowing what to do. I can never find a way to play the game because there is no instructions.

12. Malachai says:

I used math stuff like multiplying,plusing, dividing, and minus.
The hard part was when we had to find all those rooms ahh

13. Samantha says:

I used a lot of math concepts in the game, including geometry, algebra, calculus, grids, patterns, and so on.

The game is challenging because they do not give you any instructions what so ever, and you must figure out how to play the mini games yourself, as well as actually use math skills to solve the puzzles.

14. Sampei says:

I used a lot of math skills such as trial and error, work backwards, and estimation. I also used multiplication, division, subtraction, and addition.

15. Haewon says:

I used the skill of writing the problems down and organizing. There were quite a lot of problems where we had to know a certain number to solve the problem and I wrote it down, organizing my thoughts. This game was quite challenging because the level got harder every time you did it.

16. Tsing Lin says:

I thought that I used logical skills, multiplication and adding in this game. Challenging part was that the rooms are really frustrating and I have no idea what to do.

17. Victoria says:

During this math game, I had to use a lot of math… (Obviously! P:). Such as, calculating STUFF and a LOT of trial and error.
The challenging thing about this game, was the games in the rooms. They were really hard, and it’s quite hard, or actually tiring to move my avatar around the whole place.

18. Chae Yeon says:

I think I used a lot of multiplication and addition in Lure of The Labrynth game. It was really challenging when I had to figure out how to play the certain game. I also learnt we had to have some patience to play this game. I got so fustrated most of the time. But on the other hand, it was quite fun (: