Monday, 3 June 2013

Jack and the Beanstalk Mathematical Story App

Jack and the Beanstalk, a Mathematical Adventure is a proposed new iOS app for young kids. It's currently an Indiegogo crowdfunding project proposal seeking funding.

This is just the sort of app I love to see. I have a joint mathematics and computing degree and two small children. My kids enjoy maths and I'm always interested in fun ways for them to develop their skills.

You can't always get a good idea of what the end result will be when considering crowdfunding an app, but in this case the author, Justin Holladay has made lots of info available.

In fact you can sign up for a free PDF version of the story which includes text and pictures and the problems that Jack has to solve in this mathematical version of the classic story.

The app is aimed at primary / elementary school children. From what I can see, both my nearly five year old and my 6 year old would get something from this app. It covers just the kind of numeracy topics they learn about at school, but in a fun way.

The graphics are appealing and the text is fairly simple to read and engaging. Bonus points from my kids for use of the phrase 'gold amulet'.

The initial goal is to fund an iOS app, with Android as a stretch goal. We're an Android family at the moment so I'll be keeping an eye on this project.

I'd like to see this project succeed and more like it. Mathematics is a topic where kids can really improve by playing engaging apps where they get immediate feedback.

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