P2-03: Probability of Thrones: Using Battle Strategy to Teach Probability

By Brianna Kurtz, Trenton Schacht (University of Central Florida)


Games involving probability and chance have long been used as exploration tools for statistics, and battle games are no exception to this rule. Indeed, real-life military strategy is an avenue where probabilities are utilized readily. This poster session will discuss how an epic battle from the popular television program "Game of Thrones" was integrated into a classroom activity in a dual enrollment statistical methods class to explore concepts of simple and compound probabilities. Both the teacher of record and the teacher intern will provide their perspectives on the benefits they saw of the activity with the students as well as the deeper questions that it raised as the students sought to apply this fictitious scenario to modern military applications.