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Penn Student Making Workshop

Wanna Play a Game? The Story of Mancala

Penn Museum

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

A mancala board.

Making Workshops are Museum-sponsored events that encourage Penn undergraduate and graduate students to become more familiar with the Museum’s collection by getting their hands involved. These events provide a fun and educational setting to promote social interaction and engage students with artifacts and ethnographic objects. Create something related to the objects or theme of the night!

Mancala is one of the oldest known board games in existence, with origins dating back thousands of years. The game is believed to have originated in Africa, particularly in ancient Egypt, and it has since spread across various regions and cultures worldwide. The name "mancala" itself is derived from the Arabic word "naqala," which means "to move." The game's rules and variations can differ between regions, but the objective remains constant – to outmaneuver and outscore one's opponent. Throughout history, mancala has not only provided entertainment but has also served as a means of teaching strategy, mathematics, and social skills. It has transcended cultural boundaries, adapting and evolving as it spread across continents. Today, mancala continues to be enjoyed and appreciated as a timeless and engaging game, connecting individuals across generations and cultures.

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Free and open to all Penn students, materials and dinner provided.