This week the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students visited the "Mindbender Mansion" Exhibit at the Durham Museum. This field trip was part of the math curriculum, and it provided students with the opportunity to use their mathematical problem solving skills and strategies to solve a wide variety of brainteasers and interactive challenges. The "Mindbender Mansion" had seven different rooms to explore filled with puzzles and games that students could work on either individually, with a partner, or in a team. The favorite room among the seventh grade students was the "Disco Room" where they played "Spelling Fever". The students loved this game because this was a full body activity in which they had to correctly spell the answer to a question in a limited amount of time. Maggie said, "My favorite puzzle was the spelling bee because you had to jump from letter to letter to get to the end".
Gillian said, "I liked watching my buddy play the spelling game."
Another popular room was the "Kitchen" where students had to work together to fill a minimum number of TV dinner trays, with five kinds of food, on a conveyor belt in a limited amount of time. It really was a "Feeding Frenzy".
Adriana said, "That was my favorite because you had to move quickly & everyone worked as a team; that's a good thing."
Rene said, "I liked it because it was fun and challenging. It was definitely a place to revisit."
After students visited all of the rooms in the mansion and gathered the passwords from the "Parlor," "Library," "Map Room," and the "Kitchen" they could go to the "Wall of Fame" where they entered the passwords to see if they were the newest member of the "Mindbender Society". If they were, they had their picture taken and personalized it with a background, "thinking cap" or "funny hair" and printed the picture to take home.
Summing up the field trip Jenna said, " My experience at the "Mindbender Mansion" was a lot of fun."
Noah said, "When I was at the Durham Museum I had a lot of fun."
Megan agreed saying, "My experience at the Durham was good!"