Most of us grew up playing board games and few were more popular than good old noughts and crosses, also called Tic Tac Toe. Junior High School teacher Chad Kuhn, who teaches at Centerburg Middle School in Ohio, USA, is such a huge fan of traditional games that he has designed a new course for 13 and 14 year olds called “The evolution of games.” As a kid when he got bored with Tic Tac Toe he invented “Super Tic Tac Toe” with a 3D board hand-drawn on paper. Now, with the aid of 3D printing technology, his students play the game their teacher invented on actual 3D boards.
“Students study games, the cultures that played them, then recreate and play the games, sometimes tweaking the rules to try to improve game play,” Kuhn explained. “The course is… designed as an intro computer class, leading to electives in 3D design, game design, programming and screen writing. Our school had recently gotten grants for the course… for a MakerBot 5th Gen Replicator.”