Yamie Chess, the forthcoming K-8 supplementary math learning aid series due to launch at Toy Fair 2014 and designed to boost kids’ learning outcomes in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), has teamed up with professional math educational specialist, Benjamin Scott McGahee, a post-graduateUniversity of Arizona math educator and CEO of math tutoring firm, McGahee Mathematics, to offer a free online course of K-8 after-school supplementary math lessons for enrolled and homeschooled elementary and middle school students.
Delivered through the cloud to kids via Yamie Chess’s website, Ben McGahee’s free math lessons will be aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum Focal Point standards, covering algebra, geometry, data analysis, number sense and operations, and measurement. The course will be available at: mathlessons.yamiechess.com in late 2013.
Bringing over 10 years of math teaching experience to Yamie Chess, Mr. McGahee holds a B.S. in Mathematics from University of Arizona and M.A. in Mathematics Education from Western Governors University.
Mr. McGahee is a former student of the math professors, Dr. Tony Pitucco (Introduction to Logic) and Dr. Ana Mantilla (Calculus 2) at Pima Community College. McGahee was also a student of the University of Arizona’s Dr. Carl Devito (Harmonic Analysis: A Gentle Introduction).
The Yamie Chess math series empowers children into math education. Yamie Chess enables kids to explore the underlying math basis of classic chess, through a fun and engaging cartoon chess universe, where all the characters represent the chess pieces on the board.
Made in America, Yamie Chess is the result of an educational collaboration between a USA chess champion and a group of engineers, scientists and math educators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), University of Arizona, Columbia University, Stanford University and Vanderbilt University – an expert team of which Ben McGahee is a valued member.
In 2014, Yamie Chess will be holding one-to-one drop-in demonstrations for educators and press at national educational conferences and trade show events, including Toy Fair, Ed Expo , the ASTRA marketplace, the National Science Teachers Association, National Education Association, GEN CON, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Dallas Kidsworld and San Diego Comic Con.
In 2013, Yamie Chess won official selection to the Johns Hopkins University, and won the Canada International Film Festival’s Royal Reel Award in Animation, with over 50+ official selections to major U.S. and international film festivals.