Started in 1966 and incorporated as a non-profit in 2010, the New Orleans Academic Games League has challenged thousands of area students to achieve higher learning through competition. Following the mission of its parent organization Academic Games Leagues of America, the New Orleans Academic Games League (NOAGL) is dedicated to developing “Thinking Kids” of character, excellence, and integrity.
WHO makes up NOAGL?
Students, educators, and involved parents from Orleans Parish schools as well as private schools from the greater New Orleans area belong to this organization. Nearly 350 students in Grades 4 through 12 from twenty-one member schools competed in the New Orleans Academic Games League during the 2012-2013 school year. Students compete in a division determined by their grade level.
- Elementary: Grade 6 and below
- Middle: Grade 8 and below
- Junior: Grade 10 and below
- Senior: Grade 12 and below
WHAT games are played?
Mathematics, language arts, and social studies are the core subjects of the games. The New Orleans Academic Games League offers competitions in Equations, On-Sets, Propaganda, and Presidents. These games teach:
- Equations – Mathematics using the six basic operations in the beginning which advances to sophisticated math learned at the high school and college level
- On-Sets – Set Theory mathematics using operations such as intersection and union to improve and-or logic skills
- Propaganda – Recognition of various techniques of persuasion used in advertisements, campaigns, and normal human interaction
- Presidents – Knowledge of the cultural and political events of the U.S. presidents
WHEN are the competitions held?
Most Academic Games competitions are held after school throughout the year. Propaganda and On-Sets competitions are held in the fall. Presidents and Equations competitions are held in the spring. The top local players qualify to compete in the annual AGLOA National Tournament.
WHY should you participate?
Players often learn and apply important concepts in core curriculum subjects before they are learned in school. However, it is not enough to know the subject matter (though the more a player knows, the better the player will be). Participants must also learn to be critical thinkers as strategy is a key component in each game. As a result, they develop courage, character, and poise in applying their knowledge while competing against opponents.