Yamie Chess is a math learning game based on classic chess, that is endorsed by Glenn Beck and designed by U.S. teachers for elementary and middle school children who need extra help (or are struggling) in school math. It launched at the American International Toy Fair in February 2014 where the Newark Christian Examiner, Brian Madrid, covered Yamie Chess' worldwide debut in New York City.
The Yamie Chess math toy was originally created by a group of graduate math and science educators from MIT, Stanford and Caltech in collaboration with 2-time United States chess champion Jennifer Shahade.
Yamie Chess' principle creator, U.S. chess champion Jennifer Shahade, had previously written an Op-ED in the New York Times regarding chess and education and saw Yamie Chess as a means to support intellectual achievement in children, by working with professional math instructors.
The math toy is comprised of a classical chess game board and partner math comic written by experienced U.S school teachers and aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum Focal Points and a set of coloring pencils. The math game suits children from 5 to 14 years of age, and supports a wide range of chess and math abilities from beginners to intermediate and advanced.
While playing the game and coloring the math book, children must work their way through the math learning layouts and solve the related problems. In the process, kids learn chess, develop their math skills all the while re-enacting a famous chess game from the nineteenth century which is woven through the story.
Children in Title 1 and Academic Intervention programs have also benefited from the game, which sourced input from a State of Arizona Academic Intervention program specialist, Mrs. Jena Phillips, MEd.
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