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Deducktion

Lower Age: 6+
Website: http://www.smartgamesusa.com/deducktion
Year Added: 2016
Deducktion

Deducktion is a single-player puzzle game that involves figuring out the correct placement of pieces with only a few clues. The game comes with a magnetic game board and 12 magnetic pieces. These duck-shaped pieces vary in color and number. There are three green ducks, four red ducks, and five yellow ducks. The goal of the game is to find the correct spot on the game board for each duck, but with the constraint that only ducks of the same color and consecutive number may be placed next to each other. Children deduce the location of each duck based on the provided clues. For example, one level may give the location of a duck with the number 3 on its back, but not the color of the duck. The player must then figure out the color of that duck and place the same colored ducks number 2 and 4 next to the number 3 duck. The challenges get progressively more difficult and eventually only have one correct solution. The beginning levels provide the location and number for multiple ducks on the game board, but more advanced levels only reveal information for a few ducks. The game promotes engineering thinking as children learn to think critically and be creative about the possible locations of the ducks. As children work to deduce the correct placement of ducks they develop skills in logical and spatial reasoning. 

 

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, generate ideas, plan the solution, try the solution, recognize patterns, use mathematics


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, criteria, constraints


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Spatial reasoning, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving

 

 

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  • Engineering & STEM Experts’ Reviews

    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

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      • “The name really does reflect how one has to deduce the solution to each of the puzzles. A great single player game that helps one focus on thinking critically”