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25 February 2010, 09:13
A board game invented by a man from Bedfordshire is being used in schools across the county to help children with maths.
It's called Numenko, and was created by 66-year old Tom Lennett, who lives in Hockliffe.
Tom was inspired by his daughter, who often found maths a struggle, and when he couldn't find a game in the shops that would help her; he began to devise one himself.
For Tom, the key in learning is about having fun:
"My worst subjects were French and Music because there was no thrill about learning music and french, it had to be fun. And that is what I have tried to do with the game. I’ve tried to make it so that there’s no pressure for you, just pleasure. And in that pleasure your learning."
Numenko has been an on-going work-in-progress for years, but he finally launched the game at the Milton Keynes Christmas Fayre where he sold around 80 units, mostly to teachers.
The next step is for Tom to showcase his game at The Education Show at Birmingham's NEC next week.
The show is described as the UK's largest showcase of educational resources and exciting new resources and idea for schools.
To find out more about the game, and to see a demo of how it works by students at Dunstable College, go to www.numenko.com