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#1 japanseas

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 06:08 PM

Okay. just seen this new chess/math toy called Yamie Chess on my friend LA Examiner Derek Odom's site ;), looks cool. does anyone else play chess here? good to see new games for kids pairing chess and math together, the most i had as a kid was playing around with calculators. then maybe meccano. pulled pic from their homepage, got to be the most chess-driven educational toy i've ever read about...

 

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:30 PM

Do you ever click the learn more button on a Jpeg and get slightly confused when the image just enlarges?

 

Me neither!



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:32 PM

So I actually looked at the site, man this toys advertising is super sexist... but of course it is a child's toy so I guess that is to be expected at this point.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:31 PM

lol. sexist against men or women? It's mainly math phds from what i can tell. Oh, and Jeremy Silman - he's pretty well known in chess circles. Looking at the tech engineers/educators from MIT etc on their creators page here: https://www.yamiechess.com/advisors, there's some women there, mainly men tho. It looks interesting.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:16 AM

https://www.yamiechess.com/series

 

this ad specifically, though they have a mother and her daughter playing with the set in one image so hopefully this is just one of the ads they are releasing.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:25 AM

Okay. Yeah I saw that too. Like you said, they're probably trying to balance it with the mom/daughter playing in this picture here (second from top):  https://www.yamiechess.com/parents

 

More definitely needs to be done to get girls into STEM anyway. Most girls in tech I know (who go into it as a career) are cleverer than most of the guys anyway.

 

The other thing I liked about Yamie Chess is that's is basically created by a woman USA chess champion, Jennifer Shahade. I read where she's doing a simul with the Boy and Girl Scouts later this year, so it seems quite balanced: https://www.yamieche...on-simul-scouts


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:51 AM

To clarify I'm not calling MIT or the makes sexist, I'm saying the advertisement is potentially sexist. Children's toys and advertising is a very toxic place, with a lot of gender segregation that has some scary implicate effects on society.

 

I don't really feel like getting deep into this though, so tl;dr not mad at the company, just don't like the advertisement.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:09 AM

Don't worry about it.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:54 AM

Interestingly, have any of you guys heard of PatrickJMT on YouTube? He's a famous math educator there along with Khan Academy and he's got over 80 million+ views and is on the Yamie Chess math team. He just published a video on Yamie Chess here:  (explains math concept behind it...neat)


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