Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels, a new scholastic K-8 math learning aid being introduced at next year’s American International Toy Fair 2014, will offer parents and educators a new approach to math learning based on classic chess.
Yamie Chess was designed by a United States chess champion and a group of educators and scientists from an array of top universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Vanderbilt University, University of Arizona, Stanford University and Columbia University.
The Yamie Chess math learning product comes to the market at a time when Texas math educators are researching new approaches and learning methods to build their student’s interest in STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Earlier this month, the Houston Chronicle reported that students at Cline Elementary in Friendswood, TX are using a fun learning website, Free Rice, to develop kids’ multiplication skills.
Winner of the Canada International Film Festival’s Royal Reel Award, and officially selected to the Arizona International Film Festival, a prestigious Tucson event supported by the University of Arizona, Comcast and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Yamie Chess combines an exciting cartoon fantasy (where all the characters represent the chess pieces) with classic chess, math and science education, to build student’s potential for math critical thinking and cognitive learning development.
Investment in Made in America Manufacturing for K-8 Education
The Yamie Chess product is manufactured in Battle Creek, Michigan, with EPI Printers, Inc, a fifty-year-old ISO 9001-:2008 printer established in 1959. The product is made from materials almost entirely sourced from America’s Midwest.
Yamie Chess is comprised of a K-8 math comic coloring book, and specially adapted chess set that is designed for little hands with cartoon base labels for visuo-spatial reasoning, with coloring pencils included in the set.
Named as an official selection to the Johns Hopkins University earlier this year, Yamie Chess is now being keenly awaited by several Houston area schools, with several Houston and Dallas-area teachers currently play testing the Yamie Chess math learning tool with reportedly very strong, positive results for the elementary and middle school-aged kids participating in the playtests.
A potential wider resource for Texas schools, the Yamie Chess math learning aid is already being called “useful and interesting for kids math learning skills” as an after-school supplemental tool.
Aligned to Texas and National Education Standards
Yamie Chess, the Yamie part of which forms an acronym for Young Minds, Algebra, Measurement, IQ and Easing Geometry, offers a special math comic that is aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum Focal Points. Relevant to Houston and local Texas schools, the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points was one of the materials that the Common Core math standards were founded upon.
However, “Yamie” in Yamie Chess takes its name after the sci-fi cartoon universe depicted in the learning aid’s math comic, that was partially showcased in the company’s award-winning debut animation, King Tigermore In Strawberry Fields, and is not an online tool, but a physical learning aid that can be used in school classes.
The Yamie Chess math learning aid launches on 16th February 2014 at New York Toy Fair.