During one of my first Project Adventure trainings (back in the day), I was introduced to the Master Mind Relay (MMR). For the most part the Relay was a variety of puzzles we, as a group, had to solve for a score. (At one time Project Adventure sold a Master Mind Relay kit - I couldn't find it on their site at the time of this post.)
During the "relay" some of us worked alone, in pairs, or small groups moving from puzzle to puzzle area. Since I have always been fascinated with puzzles (but really not the best at solving them) I really liked working with others to figure out solutions.
After this Project Adventure experience I went on to put together my own MMR kit which included Equation Analysis Tests. I found them in the GAMES World of Puzzles magazine (again, back in the day). Recently I discovered the GAMES magazine is still around and, to my delight, there was a re-visit of the Equations on the May 2015 cover. Of course, I was inspired.
In my old kit I had a sheet of paper (which I still have) with a list of Equations. For more playability I've created a deck of 24 Equations (with several playable ideas) that are ready to print and play. Go to my Resources page, go down to the Activity Tools, and look for the Equation Analysis Test Cards, Deck #1 and have some fun.
Here are a handful of Equations to get the party started - and, of course, there is one at the top of the post as well! (See the PDF on the Resources page for the answers if you need them.)
3 = S. and you're O.
5 = D. in a Z. C.
8 = S. on a S. S.
12 = S. of the Z.
26 = L. of the A.
31 = F. at B.-R.
88 = P. K.
1001 = A. K.
Send me your favorite Equations through the Comments below.
Have Fun Out There!
It is always an immense pleasure for me to hang out and play with Karl Rohnke. He joined us at Northeastern Illinois University on April 18th for some true F.U.N.N. (Functional Understanding Not Necessary) as he likes to call it. One activity in particular struck a cord for me - Fire in the Hole. Karl wrote about Fire in the Hole in the first Silver Bullets activity book over 30 years ago, and has been sharing it ever since (and I'm sure sharing it even before he wrote about it).
The participant in the video below is attending his first adventure-based activity workshop (and, is not yet 30 years old) - little did he know! The master demonstrates for us Fire in the Hole (in his subtle flair, telling a story about when he first heard the term "fire in the hole" used by construction workers, after placing a charge to dynamite, to warn the people within earshot that an impending loud blast was about to occur) with someone experiencing it for THE FIRST TIME EVER. You will see in the video the emotional connection the apprentice makes with the activity (not to mention getting to give Karl a big hug). The power of F.U.N.N. is everlasting! It might be old to us, but it's something new (and even memorable) to others.
Have F.U.N.N. out there!
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Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.
This blog is a space for hands-on programable fun - energetic activities and ideas that can be used as a means to bring people together; activities and ideas we as educators can add to our social development curriculums.