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North Pole Expedition

Lower Age: 6+
Website: http://www.smartgamesusa.com/north-pole-expedition
Price: $21.99
Year Added: 2016
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North Pole Expedition comes with a game board (which doubles conveniently as a travel case), 7 transparent puzzle pieces, 20 cards containing 80 different challenges, and a booklet that details the game rules and solutions. There are two ways to play the game - one with the Eskimo in the canoe and the other with the Eskimo standing on the ice. The goal of the game is to place the transparent pieces over the challenge card so that the fish end up in the blue water, the polar bears end up on the white snow, and the Eskimo ends up in the appropriate location (either with their canoe in the water or standing on snow) for the mode you are playing. This game helps children understand the main portion of the design process: how to come up with a solution for a problem based on given constraints. Although each challenge only offers one solution, the challenges get progressively more difficult so children have the opportunity to improve their spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills.


 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Plan the solution, try the solution, analyze the solution, recognize patterns

 

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

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Spatial reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, logical thinking

 

 

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    • Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0
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      • “I like that it is a geometry puzzle with constraints.”