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Old 08-12-05, 12:35 PM
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7-Year-Old Inventor Wins Nation's Only Board Game Contest


Friday August 12, 1:24 pm ET

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- University Games, an international game and toy company, announces the winner of the 2004 National Young Game Inventors Contest(TM). Seven-year-old Martin Schneider from Dresher, Pennsylvania, is the inventor of Munch Math. Martin wins a $10,000 savings bond toward his college education, a trip to San Francisco including a stay at the Serrano Hotel and a game library from University Games.

"Martin has created a great way for kids to practice basic math skills, without feeling like it's work," says Bob Moog, president of University Games.

Munch Math challenges players to solve math equations to fill up their "food cards," one bite at a time. Each player chooses one food-shaped card (like "milk" or "pizza") that has nine numbers on the front. Kids roll and then either add, subtract, multiply or divide the two numbers on the dice. Along the way, players think strategically about how to slow their opponents down and about which foods are "easier to swallow"!

About the Contest:

The National Young Game Inventors Contest is one of a kind and has been running since 1993. "The concept of our contest is to encourage imagination, creativity, critical thinking skills and social interaction through board game invention," says Moog. In order to qualify for the contest, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 and must submit a complete prototype that includes rules and all the components needed to play the game.

This year's runner ups include Volcano Math by Cheryl Blaxton (8) of Hampton, South Carolina, Galactic Adventures by Sohaj Singh (11) of Marietta, Georgia, Hide & Seek by Sora Greenberger (7) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Strategy Squares by Brittany Yang (11) of Marietta, Georgia.

This year's contest was supported by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Kimpton Hotel Group (Serrano Hotel), California Academy of Sciences and AreYouGame.com.

The 2005 NYGIC will launch in fall 2005. Information and entry forms will be available at www.ugames.com and www.areyougame.com. For more information about University Games or the National Young Game Inventors Contest, please visit www.ugames.com.

University Games is one of America's fastest growing privately-held game companies, producing over 300 products across five divisions: University Games (board games/travel/card games), Spinner Books(TM) (books you can play), Great Explorations(TM) (science and learning/novelties/glow-in-the-dark products), Bepuzzled® (puzzles) and Colorforms(TM) (vinyl stick-on play sets, board games/travel, floor puzzles).

That's pretty impressive for a 7 year old!

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You know his mom totally helped.
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The article forgot to mention that his uncle is Milton Bradley.
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The article forgot to mention that his uncle is Milton Bradley.
Must be through marriage because the game invented wasn't a simple themed-Monopoly game.
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I wonder if that's a $10,000 I bond (worth $10,000) or a $10,000 EE bond (worth $5,000)?
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I wonder what it's like to hit your peak in life at 7 years old.
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The next eleven years will be filled with wedgies for one Martin Schneider.
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Munch Math?

I'm McDonald's and Burger King will be releasing their own versions.
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How much do you want to bet the other kids called it, "Buttmunch Math" at school?
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Bob Moog, president of University Games

Bob Moog, president of cool ass keyboard sounds

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Originally Posted by Mopower
The article forgot to mention that his uncle is Milton Bradley.

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