Philadelphia University students create interactive chess game for kids

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Graphic design communications seniors at Philadelphia University recently created interactive chess board games for kids.

This project, geared toward children as young as 3 and made with partner Chess at Three for an industry project, was inspired by the children’s story "King Fischer and King Spassky." The founders of Chess at Three wrote the story, and the students made illustrated versions of the book and game pieces for kids, which they made into finger puppets.

“Since this was a kid-oriented design project, we had to think in terms of what would attract a child,” Kelly Szymanowski, one of the students, said at the Dec. 8 project presentation.

Chess at Three teaches the game of chess to young children with a goal of invoking improvement in sportsmanship, literacy and math at a young age.

“I have seen a lot of amazing ideas on putting our curriculum into a retail box,” Chess at Three President and CEO Tyler Schwartz said of the Philadelphia University student designs. “We ultimately want to get this in every home in America.”

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