Puzzle Created by Champlain College Faculty Member Wins Various Awards

Champlain College Champlain College Online Professor Allyn Kahn, of New Port Richey, FL, online instructor of math, statistics, philosophy and critical thinking since 2000, has received multiple awards for the puzzle he developed to help his chess students improve their decision-making. The puzzle, Mentagy, is now available as a game board, puzzle book, and on a digital puzzle platform.

This year Mentagy has received multiple awards for its educational benefits and entertainment. Tillywig, a company that provides product information and reviews of superior children's products, awarded Mentagy with their "Brain Child Award" for effectively promoting a high level of face-to-face interaction, inspiring creativity, fueling imagination, encouraging new ways of thinking, and promoting physical development of the brain. Creative Child Magazine, a national bi-monthly publication that provides parents with the latest information on how to nurture their child's creativity, also awarded Mentagy with Puzzle of the Year.

The Mentagy Puzzle and Mentagy Videos were introduced at the 2012 International New York Toy Fair, and the puzzle was selected out of several hundred entries by TechMoola to be featured on their new crowdfunding website. In July, Kahn spoke at he FPEA (Florida Parent Education Association) Tampa convention, presenting on the educational benefits of Mentagy. The puzzle was also featured in the What's Hot section of the September issue of Creative Play Magazine.

Increasing Mentagy's exposure, on Sept. 17, two Mentagy Puzzle eBooks were released as part of an Apple iOS app launched by the Puzzazz eBookStore for iPhone and iPad. It will soon be launched for Kindle and Android devices, too. Puzzazz is a free app that contains 29 puzzle eBooks, including Mentagy Jump-Start, featuring 40 puzzles for $0.99, and Mentagy Challenge with 120 puzzles for $2.99. Since its launch, the Mentagy Challenge eBook has been ranked in the top ten eBooks in Puzzazz in-app purchases.

The Puzzazz app features author bios, instructions on how to solve each puzzle, tutorials for each puzzle, and several free sample puzzles. Puzzazz also offers unique TouchWrite technology where users can write the letter or number in the puzzle like in a print book on their device rather than using a keyboard.

For information on the Puzzazz app, visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puzzazz/id516440494?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

The hard copy book: Mentagy — The Next Puzzle Craze, is available on the Mentagy website and at major online bookstores. 
It has been given a five-star rating on Amazon.

About Mentagy:

Mentagy appeals to all ages - kids, teenagers, adults, and seniors who want to keep their brains sharp and it offers a relaxing break from your daily routine. Scientific studies show that, just as you benefit from physical exercise, doing puzzles at any age provides a workout for your brain. The hardwood version of the Mentagy puzzle is also used in physical and occupational therapy with rehabilitation for stroke patients and other conditions.

For more information, visit http://www.mentagy.com/default.asp?pgrm=home


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.