You may use only these keys.
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Take turns to add a single-digit number to what is already on the calculator.
The winner is the player who makes the display show 30.
If you go over 30 you lose.
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If the target was 53 instead of 30 what strategy could you use to win?
Investigate for other targets and different available calculator keys.
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Teacher, do your students have
access to computers?
Here a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments.
Here is the URL which will take them to Multi-pile Nim which is a different game but based on similar principles.
You might also like to try Simple Nim with pens and pencils.