# Category Archives: 162

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## Thorn – The board game

June 1, 2013, by

J.P. (2013) ,Thorn

For my last action project in 162, the class had to pick an organization that supports the United Nation`s millennium development goals and make a board game based on that. My partner, GN, and I made our board game based on the Red Cross. Our game is named Thorn. It is a spin-off of the game of life, but with our own twist to it. In the game you are a Red Cross volunteer. The object of the game is to raise as much money you can for the Red Cross. Each player is given a different scenario to raise money. As the makers of the game we wanted the players to experience the different ways to raise money for the Red Cross and the different experiences of a volunteer. One thing I am proud about this game is when my classmates played the game themselves and found it fun, I felt very happy and prideful. One thing I learned, was about all the different ways you can help the Red Cross. You can donate money, volunteer, have a fundraiser, or take a class. Below are the rules and the directions to the game.

Rules:
2-4 players minimum
Ages 10+
To win the game you must have the collect the most amount of money and finish the path.
Once you have rolled the dice, you game piece must touch the middle quadrant/square of the cross. The middle square always counts as the second step.
Players always choose the pathway/direction of their game piece.
Each player starts out with \$500 dollars.
You must follow the directions on the card you pick up!
Players can borrow money from the bank.

Directions:
1.
To see which player goes first each player much roll two white dices at once. The player with the lowest score gets to go first. If players receive the same score after rolling the dices, that would result into an second roll out. The players will keep rolling out until the score is settled.
2.
At the beginning of the game, the players must decided who would be the banker. The banker is can also be a player. At the start of the game the banker gives each player \$500 dollars, including himself). If a player is to receive money the banker is to give the player money or if the player loses money, the banker takes the player’s money and gives it to the bank.
3.
To start the game player one rolls the red dice. When rolling the red dice the number that appears on the dice determines the number of steps taken by the player.
4.
When you take you second step you always step on the middle square. You can choose any direction on the path to go on.
5.
Once you land on your last square, you pick up a card and follow the directions on the card.( Ex- After rolling the dice you get the number four. On the fourth step you take on the square you pick up your card). If a player lands on a square with the letter W on it, that means the player can pick up a wildcard and you does not choose from the stack of other cards. If you receive a card that has the word blank on it, that means you do not do anything on your turn. Once you have read what your card says, you put it back at the bottom of the pile. Then the next player goes and follows the same steps.
6.
You follow these steps until you finish the path.
7.
If you receive a card that says you lost money and have to give to the bank, but you do not have enough money to give the the bank, you will just owe the bank that money and have a negative balance. Once you get your money back up so that it is not negative anymore the money you owe to the bank you have to give to the bank.
8.
Once you finish the path on the board each player will count up how much money he has. The player with the most money at the end of the game wins.

## Hoops For Humanity

June 1, 2013, by

For my 162 class my partner (MY) and I created a game called Hoops for Humanity. This game is based of the charity NBA cares and we try to challenge our audience if they know things on the NBA and the NBA Cares charity. I would have to say the hardest part about creating this game was getting the rules together because we have played a game like this, but there were a bunch of holes in the rules. One thing I learned creating this game is that NBA players donate 175 hours of their time to communities around them. One thing that I’m most proud of is the actually game and how it turned out. Please view the strategic plan below to find out more about our game.

Hoops for Humanity!

This is a game that will be teaching you about the NBA cares and what they do to help their communities. This is going to be a simple game with simple rules that you can follow. Our goal is to get people to enjoy playing our game and at the same time walk away with some facts about what the NBA players are doing outside of their court.  We want people to see how a lot of their heroes are doing some work to have a better world. The purpose of this game is to make people want to help in their communities by whatever they can contribute. We looked at the NBA cares web page and we also gathered information from the United Nations Foundations website. One main thing that we learned is that no matter how famous you are or what position you are at work you can still help with many things and an easy one is making kids smile. Who are we to not help? David stern who is the commissioner of the NBA himself helps out with the NBA care projects like painting homes. Get that as an example and go out and help. The smallest thing you see is going to make a big change in our world.

Now lets explain our game, there are 10 basic rules that you have to know to play the game:

1- Players have to stand on the line

2-Three throws total

3- No help from group members nor the other group

4- Equal amount of players on each team

5-30 seconds to answer a question

6- Bonus question is 15 seconds, with doubling the points

7- distance is 40cm in between cups

8- Players are 50cm away from the table

9- Players limbs can cross the line but cannot cross the table

10-  No jumping allowed. Jumping in place is fine

I think from reading our rules you have an idea of what the game is about. Basically there will be four cups on a table and each cup will be labeled with a different number which is going to be 1 to 4. Next to each cup there will be a stack of cards that will include two questions, two facts, and a bonus question. Cup 1 will have the hardest questions and cup 4 will have the easiest. Also cup 4 will have the most points points, while cup 1 have the lowest points, you only get the points if you get the answers right.  Bonus questions will double up the points of your answer, you have 15 seconds to answer, however the other questions you will have 30 seconds per question to answer. I hope you enjoy the game and leave with great facts about the National Basketball Association players and what they do to the world, that will make you want to help.

## THORN

May 31, 2013, by

Created by GN, JP, with help from GV. Image taken GN, 2013

In my 162 course, we investigate the goal of and purpose of an game. We were assigned to choose an humanitarian organization and create an game. The purpose of this action project is to create an game that serves an certain purpose. I enjoyed building our game board and pieces.

Below is an written copy of rules and the procedure and an video of Thorn being played!

Filmed by GN and JP. Shout out to: HP, HD, JH, MML, ZP, MY, GV, DC, and LN.

## The Puzzle of Human Rights

May 31, 2013, by

For our final project in the class 162, we were asked to create a game of some sort. This game could be anything from a physical sport, to a card game. My group chose to make a puzzle. The catch to the game, is that it had to advocate and teach the player about the work a certain charity was doing. My partner and I paired with the Human Rights Watch, and created our puzzles with images and fun facts of three historical figures who were key in the fight for human rights. Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela were who we chose.

On top of the educational aspect of our puzzle, it is also a competition! There are 2 sets of 3 puzzles (2 player game). The players chose which figure they are competing with, and then the first to finish gets 2 points! Then you must scramble the pieces and flip them over, and then repeat the process to find the fun facts (for 1 point). Whoever has the most points after 3 puzzles is the champion! We hope you enjoy.

The Puzzle of Human Rights

Rules and Objectives

In this 2 player game, each player must separate the puzzle pieces for each round. Each player has 3 puzzles, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, and Gandhi. Players then choose a character which they will both compete with.

Rules –

Once the character has been chosen, each player puts the plastic bag on the table in front of them. They both start putting their puzzle together at the same time. The first person to complete the puzzle gets 2 POINTS. Once it is definitive who completed their puzzle first, mix up the pieces (destroying the made puzzle). Flip them all over to the fun facts side. The same rules apply, and the first person to make their fun facts as a puzzle gets 1 POINT.

The game then repeats for the other 2 puzzles. The player with the most points after all 3 puzzles (6 sides) wins the human rights puzzle game!

Reasoning –

This puzzle is intended for 5-12 year olds, to have a fun and educational way to learn about human rights advocates. Each historical figure was essential in different fights for human rights, that every child should know about. This game was made in alliance with the Human Rights Watch (hrw.org).

Quick Bios –

Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa, and was the key figure in ending the racial segregation of the apartheid in South Africa. As a consequence for fighting for his rights, he spent 27 years in jail on Robben Island.

MLK was an activist of African American rights in the United States. He promoted non-violence (as did the other 2) but this was more rare in his situation because of the extreme violence endured by African Americans of that time period.

Gandhi led India to independence using non-violence and civil disobedience. His efforts led to human rights progress around the world.

Enjoy!

## THEY GOT THE DOLLAR

May 21, 2013, by

In our 162 course, we have been learning about how much players are truly worth. I have been tracking five baseball players’ performances and researched their yearly salaries. The purpose of this action project was to use statistics to comprehend the overall value of a baseball player. I enjoyed tracking the overall performance of my five players.

Below is an my SCOUTING REPORT.

## Scouting analysis

May 20, 2013, by

For our third action project in, 162, we had to scout four players and analyse their stats. In this action project I decided that my top player is Miguel cabrera. The hardest thing for me was deciding which player had the best value. So how much they were getting paid compared to their performances out on the field. My favorite thing was definitely analyzing all of the stats and creating the tables. Below is my scouting report. Enjoy!

SCOUTING ASSIGNMENT

Henry Drane,

We are desperately seeking new players to turn this ballclub around, and we need your help.

Your assignment over the next two weeks is to track the following players:

1) Albert Pujols

3) Carl Crawford

4) Miguel Cabrera

5) Brandon Phillips

rank your players in terms of:

Price

• Albert Pujols

2012: \$12 million

2013: \$16 million

2014: \$23 million

2015: \$24 million

2012: \$6.15 million

2013: \$8.5 million

2014: \$13 million

2015: \$13 million

• Carl Crawford

2012: \$19.5 million

2013: \$20 million

2014: \$20.25 million

2015: \$20.5 million

• Miguel Cabrera

2012: \$21 million

2013: \$21 million

2014: \$22 million

2015: \$22 million

• Brandon Phillips

2012: \$12 million

2013: \$10 million

2014: \$11 million

2015: \$12 million

Performance

• Albert Pujols

2013 Batting

 At bats 153 Runs 19 Hits 38 RBI 23 Home runs 6 Batting average 0.248

2013 Fielding

 Position 1st base Full innings 184 Total chances 187 Putouts 167 Assists 17 errors 3 Fielding percentage .984

2013 Batting

 At bats 167 Runs 29 Hits 53 RBI 26 Home runs 5 Batting average 0.317

2013 Fielding

 Position Center field Full innings 348 Total chances 89 Putouts 87 Assists 1 Errors 1 Fielding percentage .989

• Carl Crawford

2013 Batting

 At bats 135 Runs 24 Hits 42 RBI 10 Home runs 5 Batting average 0.311

2013 Fielding

 Position Left field Full innings 254 Total chances 63 Putouts 62 Assists 0 Errors 1 Fielding percentage .984

• Miguel Cabrera

2013 Batting

 At bats 157 Runs 29 Hits 58 RBI 41 Home runs 8 Batting average 0.369

2013 Fielding

 Position 3rd base Full innings 346 Total chances 78 Putouts 25 Assists 51 Errors 2 Field percentage .974

• Brandon Phillips

2013 Batting

 At bats 154 Runs 21 Hits 44 RBI 34 Home runs 6 Batting average 0.286

2013 Fielding

 Position 2nd base Full innings 340 Total chances 184 Putouts 73 Assists 110 Errors 1 Fielding percentage .995

Value:

In my analysis I believe that the best player would be without a doubt Miguel Cabrera. Rating the highest in almost every category in a statistical standpoint. But he is also the most expensive player for us to pick for our team. If I had to say the most bang for our buck it would be between Adam Jones and Brandon Phillips. Both the cheapest players to pick but still contending with the stats of Miguel and Carl. If I had to choose one though I would have to go with Adam jones. Not only is Adam Jones cheaper but his overall batting skills are better than that of Brandon Phillips.

Consistency:

I have decided to make tables on both the consistency of Brandon Phillips and Adam Jones’ batting averages throughout their career. This is to make my final educated guess on who would be able to CONSISTENTLY play for our team at a high level.

• Brandon Phillips

Overall season averages

 At bats 394.3 Runs 56.2 Hits 107.8 RBI 52.9 Home runs 12.8 Batting average 0.273

Overall season averages

 At bats 381.5 Runs 55.3 Hits 106.9 RBI 49.9 Home runs 14 Batting average 0.28

Conclusion:

In conclusion I believe that not only is Adam Jones a couple million dollars cheaper than Brandon Phillips and millions more cheaper than the rest. But he shows that he is only slightly lower than the top player at a fraction of the cost. You may also look at the consistency of my two picks, Adam Jones and Brandon Phillips and see that Brandon Phillips has done better. Even so you can also see that Adam jones is a miniscule amount apart from Brandon Phillips. My analysis of why this is true is because Adam Jones has not gotten as many opportunities at the plate. So in my own professional opinion and as head scout for our GCE team I believe Adam jones is by far, “the best bang for our buck.”

## MML Scouting Assignment

May 20, 2013, by

In my 162 class I created a scouting assignment report that will help my class do a fantasy draft to figure out what players to draft and what players to not draft. Creating this report was fun and amusing but also ridiculously difficult. I was trying not to put to much bias in the report because that might affect the pick but at one point I knew that I had to and it actually helped me figure out who to pick in my report. One thing that I learned while creating this report is that baseball players get paid a ridiculous amount of money. Below I have a copy of my scouting assignment  please read it to get a better sense on why baseball is one of the most popular sports in the USA.

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## GCE Falcons Fantasy Draft

May 19, 2013, by

For my third milestone in 162 (economics and history taught through baseball) we compared five players against each other in order to find who was the best player overall, and who was most worth their current salary.  We did this by analyzing the players performance this season in relation to his total career.  I looked closely at stats such as Strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.  Although I previously knew a lot about baseball, this assignment was difficult because it made me look at the sport from an angle I usually dont: the way a GM does.  I looked at five single pitchers, and you can see my thought process and the statistics I used to get an answer below.

## The Best Bang for Your Buck

May 16, 2013, by

In my 162 class, for our third action project we were given five baseball players. Out of those five we had to chose the best players based on their stats and how much they make. It was all about player value. What we did was very similar to the money ball theory(spending the least amount of money you can for good/decent players. Basically getting the best bang for your buck). Below are all players, their stats, bio’s, graphs, and my rankings based on the info I found.

Prince Fielder: Prince Fielder was born May 9,1984 in Ontario, California. He played for the Milwoukee Brewers from 2005-2011. Prince now plays for the Detroit Tigers. His position is first baseman. Prince is married and has two children.

Robinson Cano: Robinson was born October 22,1982 in Son Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He started to play for the New York Yankees in 2005 and still plays for them. His position is second baseman.

Jacoby Ellsbury: Jacoby was born September 11,1983 in Madras, Oregon. He made his baseball debut on june 30,2007 for the Boston Red Sox( still his current team). He has received the Silver Sluggger Award, Gold Glove Award, in 2007 he become a World Series Champion, and many other awards.

Starlin Castro: Starlin was born March 24,1990 in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. He debuted for the Chicago Cubs on May 7,2010. His position is a shortshop. He has received two All Star Awards.

Wilin Rosario: Wilin was born February 23,1989 in Bonao, Dominican Republic. He made his debut for the Colorado Rockies on September 6, 2011. His position is a catcher.

 Most Expensive Player 1.Prince Fielder(23M) 2.Robinson Cano(15M) 3.Jacoby Ellsbury(9M) 4.Starlin Castro(5M) 5. Wilin Rosario(\$491,000)

Prince Fielder makes 23 million dollars this year. He deserves that money. He is not over paid. Prince has great stats all around; RBI, HR, BA, and SO.

Robinson Cano gets his bang for his buck. He receives 15 million and he is worth it. He is an awesome player. He has great stats all around, especially his BA and HR.

Jacoby Ellsbury receives 9 million dollars. He is overpaid. He does not have the best HR, RBI, and his BA is ok.

Starlin Castro is worth his 5 million dollars. Overall he has good stats and is a good player.

Wilin Rosario gets paid only \$491,000. He is worth way more. He should be paid in the millions. He has good HR, SO, and a decent BA.

Best Value(Stats and Money Value)
1.Starlin Castro
2.Robinson Cano
3.Wilin Rosario
4.Prince Fielder
5.Jacoby Ellsbury

I based my best value on the 2013 and 2012 stats, as well how much the player gets paid. To be the best value you have to have good stats and a good money value. I ranked my players from best to worst value.

Best Player
1.Prince Fielder
2. Robinson Cano
3.Starlin Castro
4.Wilin Rosario
5. Jacoby Ellsbury

I based my rattings for best player based on the 2013 season stats so far and the 2012 season stats. It is ranked from best player to worst. You can see the comparisons of their stats on the graph I made above.

## Who’s The Best

May 16, 2013, by

For our math and baseball course 162 we had to create a scouting report summarizing our investigation of five players. The purpose of this project was to use statistics to understand the overall value of baseball players. During this project I learned a lot about Clay Buchholz who is one of the five pitchers I was researching during this project. One thing I am proud of from my assignment is the organization of my report I think it is very clear and concise. One thing I struggled with during this project was organizing all the stats of my baseball players. Overall I think this project turned out well. Please click on the PDF attachment below:

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