October 4, 2010 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Makawao, Maui - Icanology LLC today released MathGirl Number Garden, a math game for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad in the iTunes App Store. Designed just for girls, MathGirl combines cute, fresh graphics and the engagement of gaming with a visual, right-brain approach to numbers. Five-year-olds can tackle the first few levels. Older girls and even adults will be challenged by the higher levels.
Addition House is the sequel to the much-acclaimed MathGirl Number Garden. Wired's GeekDad blog called Number Garden "a really fun game for everyone" and said that "It is harder and infinitely more useful than it sounds." The iPhone Mom said, "I want my girls to think of themselves as MathGirls." MommyPR said, "A ."
Ashley Alain, a homeschooling mom with an MA in math education, said, "As children interact with the game (and it is a game!), they are easily able to make connections between numerical symbols and the values they represent. This provides a firm foundation upon which future concepts can grow. Before your eyes, you will begin to see the concepts of addition and multiplication take root. More importantly, with each success, the 'I can't do math' attitude transforms into an 'I can' as confidence blooms in young learners."
Most math games for smartphones are drills and practice. MathGirl Addition House actually teaches. By learning to see numbers in patterns, players earn stars to "buy" prizes to "build" their personal houses.
In the Addition House:
* Play 15 levels
* Count flowers in patterns, then count more when more are added
* Get faster by recognizing patterns
* Earn hearts for right answers
* Replay levels to get faster and make more hearts
* Use hearts to "buy" items for your house
* Build your house with 6 house colors, front doors in 4 colors, square and rounded windows in 4 colors, roofing in 6 colors, shutters, flowers, window boxes, a picket fence, walkway, mailbox, castle tower, and "No Boys" sign. Add butterflies, dragonflies, bunnies, bees, and snails
* "Sell" items to upgrade to bigger items
* Play with and save your personal house
Designed by mother and daughter team, Lynn Rasmussen and Molly Rasmussen, MathGirl Addition House is the second of the MathGirl series. Lynn Rasmussen is a systems theorist with an MA in human development. Twenty years ago, when her children were small and in public school, she saw what was missing in many students' experiences with numbers. She also saw that the math expertise of individual teachers widely varied. She said, "Too many bright people struggle with math. Our mission is to wipe the 'bad at math' experience off the face of the Earth. Finally, in the iPhone we have an engaging, interactive medium for teaching all children." Molly Rasmussen, a Cornell graduate in design and product development, worked for six years as a swimwear designer. She designed successful brands, including Hannah Montana for girls, and now applies that expertise to app and game design. Molly said, "We use current trends in graphics and gaming to build a new way to teach math, one that appeals to girls' senses and how girls like to play." Robert Bonifacio, MathGirl's programmer, sold his first game to Atari at 12. He's now dedicated to working on projects that make a difference.
* Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later
* Full version: 6.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
MathGirl Addition House 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Located in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii, Icanology LLC was founded in 2006 by Lynn Rasmussen. The company uses systems theory and thinking to create elegant tools that make life simpler. All Material and Software (C) 2010 Icanology LLC / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.