Iceman's Go class takes off and grows
In one of my recent posts, I wrote about how Iceman has been working hard to launch a Go program at the elementary school where he teaches. I'm very happy to report that it is off to a very strong and successful start, and that some members of the KGS community have helped with their support.
Iceman teaches Go both to his 4th grade class and to an after-school recreation class for 3rd to 6th graders (the latter for two hours a week). Enthusiasm for the program is spreading quickly and Go is now being played and taught on a daily basis during recess and lunch. A number of parents have stopped by to learn more.
His 4th grade class has now moved from the basics of capture Go (PDF link) to proper Go.
I couldn't even make one! (Except on paper.)
You have to admire Iceman's hard work and dedication. He has since finished making several 9x9/13x13 combination boards for this school program. Each of them are laquered and have silicone pads to give the boards a nice resonance when the stones are placed.
Iceman's training arsenal is pictured above. His inventory includes:
- Home-made boards ranging from 6x6 to 19x19
- Several sets of Go stones in plastic gosu
- Five sets of the Hikaru No Go manga (Volumes 1 to 6)
- The first two DVDs of Hikaru No Go (presented using the school's digital projector)
- A home-made magnetic board constructed using office supplies from IKEA
Iceman also uses resources from the American Go Association, including Anton Ninno's PowerPoint presentation (PPT link).
Go Seigen said that he doesn't know which country the next great players of Go will come from. Korea, China and Japan clearly have a big head-start and you have to appreciate the efforts of Iceman to promote the growth of this game here in the US.
Offer a game, or even a teaching game, when you run into him on KGS.
Speaking of Iceman's students ...
When they play online, Iceman's students play on IGoServer. However, last Friday afternoon, I encountered one of his newer pupils who ventured on his own into KGS using a guest account. He later tried out a 9x9 match against Iceman while Joyride and I watched and kibbitzed.
We may see a few more of them soon.
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