Mathbreakers allows kids to explore math visually and experientially

by Rachel Baker on June 27, 2014

Here’s a good take on the educational game Mathbreakers.

Educational games are some of the hardest to make. It’s difficult to balance fun with educational, especially if you want to be able to put the game into classrooms. Teachers need to be able to somehow measure students’ progress to be sure that any games they use are furthering their classroom goals. Mathbreakers from Imaginary Number Co., which has already been tested with kids in classrooms, turns mathematical concepts into game systems with visual feedback that children can experiment with so that they internalize those concepts.

Objects that students can interact with have numbers on them, positive or negative. Combining two objects adds their numbers together on a new, single object, and making an object’s number zero makes it disappear. Players also have a fractions sword, which can cut a single object into two objects, each with a number half the size of the original object’s number. This extends not just to spheres the player can pick up and barriers they can remove, but also to enemies; every enemy has a number, and only by zeroing the enemy out does it go away (leaving behind a pile of unnumbered parts like spikes and eyes that roll around on the floor).

Here’s the Article:
Kickstarter Pick: Mathbreakers allows kids to explore math visually and experientially

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