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30.08.2004 General News

Young man invents mathematics game

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Accra, Aug. 30, GNA - A student said on Monday that he had invented a new Mathematical Game - Problematical Probability Game (PPG) - and appealed to the Government and stakeholders to support him in ensuring that mathematics was given a new phase in the form of a game to ensure easy learning.

Mr Samuel Innusah, a former student of the Prestea Senior Secondary Technical School in the Western Region, told the Ghana News Agency that the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, had viewed his project.

He said the Ministry of Environment and Science (MES) had also acknowledged the fact that the Game was a quality piece that involved flexible scientific methods of calculations.

Mr Innusah noted that mathematics, which had become a "no go" area for many, could be studied through the simple but scientific Game in a more relaxed atmosphere without the slightest knowledge of the player that he or she was learning something new.

The Game, which could be played by a maximum of four persons at a time, enabled students to explain the term probability in a given situation, distinguish between even and odd numbers as well as the term "Even".

He said students who played the game would also develop the idea that the sum of two odd numbers was always an even number. Mr Innusah, however, said his invention would not be useful to students if it were not supported to reach the target audience. "My problem now is how to introduce this invention to other people. Though I have the skill and knowledge to invent other things, I have no funds to ensure that others benefit from it."

He stated that though the GES was ready to assist him further his education to the tertiary level by awarding him a scholarship, they had been slow in their support to ensure that his project was utilised by students to eradicate fear of mathematics.

Mr Innusah urged students who had other talents to come out and exhibit them since they could be useful for future use.

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