Pokemon Go has been out now for a little less than a week and it has already taken over the world... okay, maybe not, but it has become insanely popular in the few days that it has been available. When developing lessons, I try to consider what's going on in pop-culture, as well as what my particular students are interested in. Once Pokemon Go came out, I immediately started thinking of ways to use it in the classroom (as I'm sure many other teachers did).
Aside from catching Pokemon, one key component of the game is battling for Pokemon Gyms. My brother-in-law, who is a statistician with an affection for gaming, and I thought it would be really interesting to get students to think about their odds of winning a Pokemon battle before jumping in to a fight they have no chance of winning. And so, the Pokemon Math Tool was created.
Although a simplified model of Pokemon battles, this math tool can begin to create interest in probabilities and statistics for your students. The tool is shared through Google Drive, but should really be used in Excel for full functionality. You can access that file here: Pokemon Math Tool
Chris Tucker is an assistant principal at Western Boone Jr/Sr High. He has a passion for providing personalized learning for teachers and students.