Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program

La Guardia String Figures

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In the early 1980s, James R. Murphy began teaching mathematics using string figures in an effort to engage students who didn’t “like” math. Kids found the activity enormously fun and, almost without realizing it, learned to the kind of focus and dedication necessary for solving a problem by completing a series of complex steps — a fundamental skill in math and science. Essentially, it was an early successful experiment in using gaming for education — something on the minds of many in our age of social innovation.

One day, Murphy asked Robin Moore, a student of his and a budding photographer, to take some pictures of the string figures, initially intended purely as a visual record. But Moore produced a series of remarkable black-and-white portraits of these kids and their strings.

La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
La Guardia String Figures - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Cerne Abbas Giant
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Donald Trump-shaped ecstasy pills
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Vernacular Architecture
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Interchanges
Pollination - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Pollination

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