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    Unhappy I need help getting friends together

    Hi,

    ok here's the problem. I need a formula to figure out how to seat kids in short meetings. Basically imagine it's speed dating, only it's for kids to meet each other and make friends. No dating at all! Anyway, unlike speed dating there aren't two groups (i.e. males and females) everyone needs to meet each other.

    The facts...
    The meetings can last only 5 minutes.
    We need everybody to meet only once.
    There'll be an even number of kids.

    I hope someone can help, if you need any other info to come up with a solution, please do let me know, you can email me at fire-flyer@hotmail.co.uk

    Thanks for looking,
    Jon.
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    I'd say, put up a bunch of tables in a rectangle, assign each kid a number, one odd, one even, the even numbers stay seated at the same table throughout, at the end of 5 minutes, the odd numbers move to the table beside counterclockwise or clockwise, whichever one.
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    Thanks for your reply, but there is a problem, the kids who stay seated throughout don't get to meet each other and niether do the kids moving about.

    I need all the kids to meet each other in 1 on 1 meetings.


    Thanks anyway,
    Jon.
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    im not really good at theese things but i think i got the answers , lets say you got 24 kids , separate them into 4 equally divided groups , group A+B talks to eachother while group C+D talk to eachother , then they form group AB who sits down and group CD which changes tables. im not 100% on this on. im drowzy.
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    That does work but it's really complicated to actually apply, especialy when working with kids. i really need a formula so I can easily figure out who's meeting who and when, and then just give eack kid a timetable of meetings and what table they're supposed to be at. Thanks so much for your help anyway,

    Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated, thanks,
    Jon.
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