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Puzzles Help Students Learn ND Geography

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Learning state geography can be as fun as solving a puzzle.

“We wanted to create something that was really engaging and something that was really meaningful to today's students who live in a very technology rich environment,” says entrepreneur Jon Melgaard.

So, Melgaard teamed up with Connected Puzzles to make an educational tool to help with North Dakota's Fourth Grade curriculum.

“One thing kind of unique about these puzzles are it really takes this traditional hands on tool, and pulls it into the twenty first century by incorporating technology,” Melgaard says. “On the back of every piece is a QR code that links to more online content specific to each of those counties.”

Emily Doerr tested out the puzzle today at First international Bank in Minot and she says she thinks it will help her young daughter learn.

“She loves puzzles and any activities where she's engaged and using her mind,” Doerr says. “Its not so monotonous where you know, they're just staring at a board trying to learn geography that way. It's engaging.”

Connected Puzzles says they hope to have the resources to get the instructional puzzle in every fourth grade classroom in North Dakota this fall. If you would like to contribute, you can check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/connectedpuzzles.

 

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