This is a post-collaboration analysis by a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) mechanical engineer, in a series that Yamie Chess Ltd conducted with nationally-respected academics for parents and educators across America. (Other U.S. professional engineers who contributed to the first Yamie Chess learning aid include MIT civil engineering graduate Anna Sylvan-Jaffe and Stanford University and UC Berkeley graduate electrical engineer, Yang Qiu, who works for Texas Instruments.) This page includes copyrighted material by Caltech engineer Gerardo Morabito and has been split into sections below for your ease of reference.

California Institute of TechnologyGerardo Morabito, B.S., California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

With a strong background tutoring mathematics, California Institute of Technology engineering graduate and professional U.S. mechanical engineer, Gerardo Morabito, offers a fair and balanced analysis of Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels. Mr Morabito is one of Yamie Chess Ltd's core educational STEM advisors and contributors.

1.  Introduction 2.  A Caltech engineer's analysis of Yamie Chess 3.  More about the Expert 4.  Suggested Reading and Related Articles Introduction

Caltech engineer Gerardo Morabito's researched conclusion is that the Yamie Chess educational math learning toys series represents a beneficial and valuable investment for children's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in school, being valid STEM learning material for elementary and middle schoolers.

The Caltech engineer states that Yamie Chess will give kids an academic edge with their studies.

Backing up Mr Morabito's educational conclusions on the validity and usefulness of Yamie Chess as a STEM educational tool, in writing, two highly-qualified independent analyses of the math product, undertaken by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Michael Ching, Ph.D., (who is a nationally-recognized mathematics expert currently teaching on the Mathematics Faculty of Amherst College), and the renowned Harvard University math expert, Professor Christian Hermann Hesse, Ph.D., both support the Caltech engineer's researched conclusions.

A Caltech engineer's analysis of Yamie Chess

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Top-quoteYamie Chess: A Driving Force towards STEM Education

By Gerardo Morabito, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Caltech

Date: October 28, 2013

Copyright © 2013 Gerardo Morabito, B.S. All Rights Reserved.

Permission to reprint this educational article on Yamie Chess Ltd's website was directly obtained from Caltech engineer Gerardo Morabito in writing.

"Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels", combines the elements of both education and entertainment, and in doing so, it provides an excellent vehicle to motivate children to learn more about STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

As the name implies, Yamie Chess effectively employs chess, a highly mathematical game, as a conduit to get kids thinking about math and science, and their applications.

At the same time, Yamie Chess provides hours upon hours of enjoyment with its dynamic comic, its coloring book content, and with the virtually endless replay value of chess.

Yamie Chess consists of the story of Kimi (a young chess prodigy) and King Tigermore (a magical tiger), which is told via an illustrated comic. Throughout the story, both Kimi and Tigermore, as well as their friends, use their knowledge of physics, biology, geometry, number theory, chess, and many other subjects, to save the realm known as “Mind Kingdom”.

California Institute of Technology reviewThe story describes how the Mind Kingdom is threatened by the corrupting influences of a greedy vulture known as King Vigdor, and his vile army, who seek to pillage and plunder the land to convert it into money.

As the tale unfolds, the comic vividly describes a chess game which parallels the events taking place in the story. Each of the major characters from the “Mind Kingdom” is represented by a chess piece which corresponds to its role in the story, as well as to its appearance and personality.

Consequently, this link between characters and chess pieces serves to continually remind the reader about the abilities of each piece in a chess game.

This creative introduction to chess is accomplished most effectively by connecting an otherwise lifeless piece, to a lively and unique character.

In due course, the reader will develop a familiarity, and hopefully, a fascination with chess. Accordingly, one of Yamie Chess’ main goals is to cultivate an affinity for chess in its reader.

The outcome of this goal is to direct the mind-stimulating properties of chess to help the young minds of its players develop the necessary mental acuity to pursue academic excellence in STEM fields.

To further bring the story to life, Yamie Chess includes a chess set, with each piece being labeled with its character, so that the reader may follow the developments in the chess story with his or her own set.

The chess game captures the face-off between Vigdor, the dark king, and Tigermore, the light king, in a conflict that will determine the fate of the realm. The story also incorporates math problems meant to be solved by the reader.

These problems are cleverly integrated into the puzzles and obstacles encountered by the characters, and provide several opportunities for the readers to sharpen their math skills, as well as to actively contribute to Kimi’s progress.

Ultimately, Kimi and Tigermore’s valiant effort to save the Mind Kingdom depicts the immense power of scientific and mathematical knowledge in action.

In other words, the comic teaches its young readers an extremely important lesson that they can in fact make a difference in the world by applying what they learn.

In this manner, Yamie Chess will undoubtedly help to inspire the next generation of much needed scientists and engineers in America. Yamie Chess’ vibrant storyline that is seamlessly tied into a chess game brilliantly delivers a learning experience unlike any other product in the market.

I strongly recommend it.Bottom-quote

More about the Expert

book iconGerardo Morabito earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineeering from the California Institute of Technology, which is home to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). At Caltech, Mr Morabito founded and was President of the Caltech Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He currently works for a major semi-conductors manufacturer in California.

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