Caine’s Arcade tells the story of a nine year-old in East Los Angeles who made a functioning arcade – games, tickets, prizes, etc. – out of cardboard. He’s a scrappy underdog. He also needs your students’ help with math.
1. Fun Pass Economics
I asked [Caine] how much it was to play. He was like, “For one dollar you get four turns. But for two dollars you get a fun pass.” Well how many turns do you get for a fun pass. “You get five hundred turns for a fun pass.” I got a fun pass.
Your students could probably lend a hand there.
2. Fun Pass Security
Caine installed calculators on all the games. Why? In order to validate the fun passes. He has a number on one side of the card. You type that number into the calculator, press “the check mark,” and another number comes out – a number that Caine thinks is totally unpredictable. So Caine writes the output number on the other side of the card and, thus, the fun pass is validated.
Resist the urge to editorialize about how our students think all of math is a fun pass validator. Instead, have your students show Caine how his system can be fooled and then suggest alternate methods for validating the cards.
Benefits? Not great. Pay? Not great either. Apply at the manager’s office, just past the cardboard skee ball machine.
2012 April 11. Aaaaand … cue the forged fun passes.