“I told her these were pretty easy and I said that my grade could do it,” said Macias. “From there she suggested that my grade should do it.”
Fractions, decimals, algebraic equations -- it is a lot like Sudoku. Each puzzle is complete with clues and varying levels of difficulty. “I always try to make them harder,” said Nickoli Mckenzie, who helped write the high-school-level puzzle books. “I would find a way to make them more engaging and more challenging.”
For those who may struggle with that whole arithmetic part of the “3 R’s,” these students say you don’t know what you can accomplish until you try.
“You have to believe in yourself. If you don’t know one else will,” said Vallabhaneni. “That math is fun, that they can actually solve problems without being like, ‘ughhh math,’” said Mckenzie.