Does it cost money to participate?
No way! The Center for Game Science is a research lab within the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Everything we do is freely available for anyone to take part in.
How does my child get started?
To start the Challenge, parents, guardians, or teachers need to create an account on the Algebra Challenge Co-Pilot website. Once you register, your child needs to click on the “Login for Kids” button on the menu and enter the group code you chose during registration. Once they enter their username they will be ready to begin!
My child is stuck on a problem. What should they do?
There are a few options. First and foremost, they can keep trying! Sometimes a little encouragement is all that is needed. If, however, they truly cannot figure it out, you can attempt to solve the problem together. Sometimes it just takes another set of eyes. If all seems lost and they’ve reached a point of frustration, your kiddo can skip the question altogether. This will not deduct from their score.
Do you collect data?
Everything we do is part of academic research. By playing Riddle Books, you agree for all the data about the gameplay to be shared with us and used for academic purposes. However, all data is de-identified, protecting you and your child’s personal information.
What is Riddle Books?
Riddle Books is a fun (and free!) math video game created by the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. It enhances learners’ understanding of Common Core concepts and provides a fun place to practice algebraic concepts.
Riddle books uses story problems to gradually introduce the player to the notion of equations. Students can solve story problems regardless of their skill level by using pictures and relationships they can intuitively understand. Any child that can read can play!
Riddle Books is a fun and free math game! Go to this page for more info.
How do I start the Challenge?
Check out the video below to find out how to create your account!
What if I cannot figure out the answer?
First, try and try again! Sometimes just working through problems in different ways will help. If that doesn’t work, get someone else to look over the problem. Maybe another set of eyes can help!
If you’re completely stuck you can skip the problem by bringing up the menu and hitting “SKIP”.