The Challenge: Participate in a Collaborative Game of Chess
Playing chess has enormous benefits! Invented more than 1500 years ago in India, not only does chess improve cognition skills such as pattern recognition, algebraic and geometric thinking, and spatial reasoning, it also helps improve the executive functioning skills of problem-solving, critical thinking, attention span, and memory capacity. Check out Chapter 15 of No Fear Coding to see how educators all across the globe could bring children together to build their math, coding, and creativity skills by playing chess on a physical mat, as well as see their chess pieces come to life in the virtual world.
What better way to integrate the ISTE student standards than to provide all classrooms and every student across the world the opportunity to engage with a challenge that supports every one of the seven standards? In order to support building capacity for classrooms around the world, as well as teaching these essential skills in a play-based format, see the Global Collaboration Chess Challenge.