Math magic games for middle school students.

Oscar Pastor, Mathematics, Collinswood Language Academy

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


I would like to join two of my passions: mathematics and magic. While I studied my college degree in Science Physics and I was also member of a magic club from my home town in Spain. I realized that many magic card tricks I learnt at that time, were based on mathematical concepts.

I have worked for four years as a middle school math teacher and I have realized that the level of engagement of my students was remarkably higher the days I prepared my lesson performing a math magic game.

Showing the fun side of mathematics to children and teenagers is the key to motivate them to know more and get deeper knowledge of anything in general and math in particular. Combining games, magic, technology and interactive methodologies is the way I have realized the students respond better in order to advance and learn in a significant way.