As a result of the popular Netflix series, The Queens Gambit, online chess has become massively popular with Generation Z. In response to this, and in partnership with Chess in Schools, the department has launched our own Granite Gambit program to bring chess to our students.
More than a game, chess can be a vehicle for introducing and reinforcing academic and 21st-century skills.
The program is fully funded, so there is no cost to NH schools. While some chess experience is helpful, it is not required. In fact, many if not most participating teachers in such programs start out with minimal chess knowledge.
Chess in Schools (CIS) specializes in preparing educators to play chess and use the game as an educational tool to teach academic and 21st-century skills. In addition to training, CIS provides chess supplies and equipment to schools along with chess training software licenses, online resources, and online support for the duration of the program.
Each school decides what kind of chess program works best for their students. Options include: using chess and chess-related activities during the day to teach curriculum standards; before- or after-school chess clubs; summer chess camps; or some combination of these programs. Schools can partner with community based organizations to help deliver their chess in school programs.
You can learn more about the Granite Gambit program and how it might work for your school by visiting the Granite Gambit Sign Up page.
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