National Number Knockout, or N2K, is played using a board with the numbers 1-36 and three dice. The dice are rolled and all three numbers are used in each round to develop an equation. The answer to the equation is used to eliminate, or knock out, numbers from the game board. The game’s focus is speed and accuracy. The game is played in a series of 60 second rounds where the equation must be stated clearly using the correct order of operations.
Contestants will be selected much like an audition for American Idol or an athlete who is scouted by a college coach. Thirty-
N2K started when 19 college-age students from across the country gathered near Pinehurst, NC, to study math and music together for a year before continuing on to college. As they progressed in their studies it became apparent that even the most proficient among them relied too heavily on calculators. They created a game to improve their calculating speed and accuracy. The result is a fast-paced math game that can be played individually or in groups.
As the college students began teaching the game to younger students for fun, they realized the game’s potential. That’s when they decided to create the national competition, National Number Knockout. It is no secret that Americans as a whole don’t do very well in math. They knew the game could improve the situation. The next step was to determine if the game could support itself as a competition. After extensive research they wrote a 100 page business plan. Since then N2K has consumed their time: establishing rules, creating competition structure, and teaching the game to math teachers.
About National Number Knockout
National Number Knockout is a competition that encourages the improvement of calculating speed and accuracy in young students. It is a fast moving game where students roll three dice, use those three numbers to form equations, and ‘knock’ numbers off a board. It is as simple as Wheel of Fortune, has an iconic board like Jeopardy, and is as fun as Family Feud. For more information, please visit www.nationalnumberknockout.com. To support the competition, please visit
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