### Motion Math: Serious Games Making Math More Like Sports

Serious Games moving players towards math mastery

Motion Math by Motion Math
The Serious Game is supported by academic research in embodied cognition and uses helpful hints to move all players towards mastery

Motion Math Company’s mission is to create intuitive, physical gameplay addressing math’s most difficult fundamentals.

In order to accomplish this goal they’re creating a movement-based, mobile Math Serious Game Suite that will be rigorously educational, stylish, and engaging. The first entry in the suite is a bouncing star fraction game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad that connects physical movement to intellectual content. First conceived as a Master’s project at the Stanford School of Education, this Serious Game gives learners an intuitive sense of multiple representations of fractions.

Moving fractions to their correct place on the number line is the only way to return home. By playing Motion Math, learners improve their ability to perceive and estimate fractions in multiple forms.

Motion Math gives learners a physical experience of the number line and an intuitive feeling for fractions

As with many topics in the subject of math, students struggle with fractions. Difficulty with early math concepts can inhibit progression to pre-algebra and other advanced topics, and even students who show proficiency with fractions lack a deeper sense of how multiple representations of fractions (pie charts, percents, number lines, etc) relate to one another.

The sensor technologies embedded in iPhones and other mobile devices afford new experiences at the nexus of games and curriculum that can improve students’ gut sense of fractions and other topics.

Motion Math Focuses On Three Elements - Intuitive, Fun, And Physical

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An Intuitive Serious Game moves into difficult material with an easy interaction. Although a challenge to create, game designers benefit from the fact that kids grasp technology, deftly picking up new controls. As stated by Gabriel Adauto from Motion Math Many young kids now expect all screens to be touch screens; we've heard from many parents that their young children now pinch and tap the TV!”

After many attempts and revisions, Motion Math settled on the current version of their interface: they have introduced tilting by putting the player on an empty screen with nothing but a bouncing star and targets to land on. Some adults get confused, but almost all kids immediately explore the device and figure it out.

Physical - Math Can Be More Like Sports, Where Thinking And Action Are One

In terms of Motion Math, this implies that the abstraction of math can be understood more deeply if it is tied to the physical interaction of the player.

If future learning experiences can be intuitive, fun, and physical, we think learners will pick up concepts quickly, enjoy the process of learning, and actively engage with concepts in the world”, says Gabriel Adauto.

Motion Math will be releasing a suite of games along these design lines, their long-term goal being to develop an infrastructure that includes data on how people play the game. The data would not be used for advertising but for sending progress reports back to the child, parents and teachers. If the information could be anonymous and collected, it also could help the designers see how people play and solve problems — and ultimately let them improve the game or design new ones.