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.