Cape Public Schools Given a "Challenge"

FALMOUTH - Every public elementary, middle and high school student on Cape Cod, Marthaâ??s Vineyard and Nantucket will have an opportunity to learn more about their environment while having fun.

Gordon Mathieson, of Falmouth, donated a copy of his popular and educational trivia board game, The Cape Cod & Islands Challenge game, to each and every public school this past week.

The donation to each school library is given in conjunction with National Games Week, celebrated Nov 19-25. This annual event, scheduled when families come together, is celebrated to encourage children to use non-electronic games as an alternative and to experience educational and socially interactive games.

The popular game, featured on FOX TV, The Chronicle program and numerous radio programs, is now in its fifth year.

â??I wanted to give something back and thought the students could get the most out of it playing with their peers,â? Mathieson told an audience he spoke with this past week. â??I could have made it electronic, but I wanted kids and parents to play together and enjoy a socially interactive game.â?

â??Each time the game is played, people become less Cape Cod challenged--and more Cape Cod cogent.â?â??I first donated a copy to each superintendent for their review and approval. The distribution to all of the schools soon followed. Over the years many teachers and parents have given me feedback on how much they learned by playing the game. One teacher confided that she had taught her students that the Mayflower sailed directly to Plymouth Rock. She confessed never knowing about the first landing on the Cape until she played the game.â?

The donation, valued at $3,000, was well received by the local educators. Mathieson has received letters indicating the game will be played to supplement the studentsâ?? history and geography lessons.

The game with 500 multiple-choice questions test peopleâ??s knowledge about the Cape and the islands. It also covers many maritime and cultural topics. The game is available in gift store and bookstores throughout the region. For more on the Cape Cod & Islands Challenge, and to try some sample questions, people can visit the website, www.challengegame.com.

â??We hope that other organizations and game developers will follow our lead and donate educational and socially interactive games to schools to make them aware of entertaining alternatives to the electronic devices.â?

Mathieson smiles as he tells people, â??Each time the game is played, people become less Cape Cod challenged--and more Cape Cod cogent.â?

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