Aaron Kollar, Mathematics, Piedmont IB Middle School

Final Unit (PDF)  Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)


This unit focuses on getting students to logically think their way through a game of tic-tac-toe. Students are put into groups, and they have to create a set of directions that anyone could follow in order to play a game of tic-tac-toe. So, in a sense, they are “writing a program” that can be followed, which is the basis for all artificial intelligence. The students will then play each other in tic-tac-toe, with the caveat being that they have to follow the instructions that they have written exactly. At the end of the unit, the students will analyze some data that was collected while the games were happening in order to determine which program was the most successful.