Today Geometry students played “Sprouts”, a mathematical game invented by two Princeton students in 1967. The game begins with 2, 3, or 4 dots. A line is drawn between 2 dots (or from 1 dot around to itself). A new dot is placed on each new line. Only 3 lines can be attached to each dot. The game ends when no new lines can be drawn. The winner is the person who drew the last line.
Students are trying to figure out a strategy to ensure winning – in some pairs, the person who started also won. In other pairs, the person who started lost. In still other pairs, winners were random.