Problem Solving (Lumosity)

Problem solving can be great fun, especially if it’s turned into a game. Using all sorts of brain-testing tasks, we challenge thechildren to find solutions to problems using logic and creativity.By emphasising the importance of understanding the goal of a given problem and what rules could be applied to solve it, the children learn generic problem-solving strategies and techniques – which in turn helps prepare them for the real world!

In this session, we use a number oftechniques and games, including using the online platform Lumosity, to give your child a fun brain-workout.Each game is designed to be accessible, engaging, challenging and fun to children of all ages.

Benefits of problem solving:

  • Encourages critical thinking – Children learn how patterns fit together and how cause and effect works.
  • Instills calmness – By teaching children to approach problems with a clear head, problem solving can have a calming effect.
  • Teaches social skills – Children can make new friends, or simply learn how to cooperate with other people who are searching for a common goal.
  • Allows children to see the wider picture – Taking a step back and looking at a problem in its entirety teaches children the importance of gathering all the information and assessing a situation before diving in!
  • Improves fine motor skills – This is especially the case for younger children when using hands and minds to solve a problem.
  • Sews career seeds – Games that focus on coding or programminghelp children explore career paths they probably didn’t even know existed.

Games we cover:

  • Math games
  • Puzzles & trivia
  • Response and reflex games
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility
  • Speed & visualization
  • Language skills
  • Memory skills
Problem solving empowers children to apply learnt skills in real life situations, and the confidence to thin on their feet and solve complex problems.
The sessions are filled with lots of fun and interaction with qualified facilitators who walk the group through an amazing journey of learning.

5 Famous problem solvers:

  • Brahmagupta (c. 597-668 AD)was an Indian mathematician and astronomer who was the first to use zero as a number, helping him devise the rules of arithmetic. Brahmagupta was also the first to solve the problem of adding two negative numbers together. He worked out that it created a positive number.
  • Aryabhata (c. 476-550 AD) was a mathematician-astronomers from India who approximated the value of pi to 3.1416. He also created one of the earliest trigonometric tables (later confirmed to be accurate), and discovered that the Earth rotated daily.
  • Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was an English biologist who solved the problem of why there were so many different living organisms on Earth. His theory of evolution and natural selectionestablished that all species of life descended over time from common ancestors.
  • Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the theory of relativity – one of the two pillars of modern physics. He had been trying to solve the problem for years.
  • Alan Turing (1912-1954) was an English computer scientist who worked out the German ENIGMA code during World War 2, which enabled the Allies to solve encrypted messages sent by the Nazis – and went some way to winning the entire war.

Did you Know? If you thought your computer was good at solving problems, scientists now use super-computers which can solve problems 1000 times faster!

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