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Help us bring Mathbreakers to web, iPad, and Android tablets so more kids can have access to an addicting game that helps them learn!

About this project

WE DID IT!! Huge robot hugs to all our backers! 

Stretch Goal: help us reach $50,000 and everyone that pledged at $42 or more will receive a 3D-printed 6" version of our Fractions Sword!

And watch these adorable kids playing Mathbreakers! They refused to leave for a full hour after our play-testing event ended. One of our teammates literally had to wrestle his laptop away:

 

We are a small team of math nerds and gamers who started out creating something we wish we had when we were kids. But we realized we were onto something BIG when kids refused to stop playing a game about math at the end of our test sessions! Now we need your help to bring Mathbreakers to web and tablet so kids everywhere can play and learn!

"This game is epic!" -Eric, age 8

Mathbreakers aligns to the Common Core, and our lesson guides help teachers integrate the game into their curriculum. The game is currently geared towards kids ages 7-12. With your support, we will be able to bring Mathbreakers to more schools and generate even more flexible content so that kids can play at their own pace!

 

Mathbreakers is a 3-D math exploration video game where kids experiment with numbers and operations by playing with various toys and puzzles. Adventurers will chop numbers in half with a fractions sword, cast addition spells to zero-out negative enemies, outsmart swarms of spikey integers with keen number sense, save the counting sheep from certain destruction, defeat the evil Numbermancer, and so much more -- all with mathematics!

"My kids have been playing Mathbreakers non-stop... Who knew a kid would get up early to get their chores done to do more math?!?" -Cindy, mother of 3

Mathbreakers looks, feels, and plays like the immersive video games that kids already know and love. As one mother put it, "kids are learning without realizing they're learning, and it becomes part of their subconscious mind."

The game empowers kids to take control of their own math learning experience. Players are encouraged to experiment and explore the world of numbers around them, without having to worry about making mistakes or getting the “correct” answers right off the bat.

"For 3 days he could not stop asking when he would get to play again. He said he got to design his own game [and] it was better than League of Legends! [...] He wants to show it to his friends." -Mom of 6th grader in pilot workshop

One of our biggest challenges in creating an educational game is balancing fun and learning. We want to create a game world in which kids are encouraged to explore and experiment, unhindered by traditional learning metrics. However, educators need some way of measuring progress as well. This is why we’ve built a teacher dashboard so that educators could easily manage their class, assign game levels, and track the students’ advancements!

Fractions Sequence Lesson
Fractions Sequence Lesson

"This game is not just an animated multiplication table. Math is inherent in the game; you get the numbers and you decide what to do with them." -Christine, CSL Associates President

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Our vision is to create an enriching game world in which kids (and eventually grown-ups) will be self-motivated to learn and play and take control of their own experiences with math. For this to happen, Mathbreakers requires the ongoing dedication of our development and education teams.

The initial funding target of $42,000 will allow us to bring Mathbreakers to Android and iPad tablets. Based on our feedback from kids, parents and teachers who have played the game, this is the #1 request!

Anything we raise beyond our goal will be invested towards our additional technology roadmap; when we reach our minimum, we will introduce stretch goals, and we'll ask for your feedback to help us decide what to prioritize.

The Mighty Fractions Sword
The Mighty Fractions Sword

 

The current version targets math adventurers ages 7-12 and teaches fractions, negatives, integers, operators and helps players develop number sense... but there’s still much more on the horizon! We need your support to help Mathbreakers reach its full potential and develop into a more comprehensive learning and playing environment.

Key features include:

• Web and Tablet Support: Mathbreakers is currently a Mac/PC-downloadable game only. We want to make the game available on the web and tablets ASAP, but doing so requires further optimizations and development, which is why we need your help.

• Adaptive Learning: Auto-generated game levels based on each player's progress will allow kids to move along at a pace that's challenging but manageable.

• Multiplayer: Like any game (except maybe Solitaire) Mathbreakers is way more fun with friends! Cooperative and competitive modes encourage players to challenge and to mentor each other through tough puzzles. Your contribution will not only help us implement the technical side of the multiplayer modes, but also to create a safe environment in which young math learners can enjoy the game together.

• Level Editor: This feature has been in high demand since we set out to create Mathbreakers a year and half ago. Young players of all ages have been coming to us with amazing ideas for game puzzles, gadgets and monsters that take mathematics to all new levels of creativity. Rather than trying to build all of these ourselves, we want to create a suite of editor tools that would enable kids to unleash their ingenuity.

• Academic Research & Study: We have professors and students lined up at Stanford University and Bristol University who are excited to conduct a comprehensive Mathbreakers study! Validating the game's pedagogical value through academic research will allow us to bring it to more students around the world. Your support will help provide the researchers with the resources they need.

* Please note that we might re-prioritize this list depending on technical feasibility and user demand.

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We are Morgan, Vivian and Charlie -- a team of math nerds and gamers from all walks of life -- one abandoned a career in real estate to pursue teaching and programming, one is a recovering almost-attorney turned artist and game designer, and one is an all-star tech whiz who underwent formal training in game-design ninja school. One thing unites us all: a passion for learning through video games.

We are super lucky to have the guidance and support of our amazing advisors, math educator Federico Chialvo at the Synapse School and Dr. Jo Boaler, professor and math education specialist at the Center for Education Research At Stanford.

“My son discovered Mathbreakers at this [Devoxx4Kids play-time event] and hasn't stopped playing it since. If number of hours spent playing a game is any testimony then this is as good as it gets. He also introduced two of his friends to the game and they think THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME MATH GAME EVER!” -Vishal, father from play-testing workshop

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Rewards Overview

Each tier includes rewards from lower tiers unless marked as Not Available (N/A).
Each tier includes rewards from lower tiers unless marked as Not Available (N/A).

*Custom rewards for each tier are expected to be available by the estimated delivery dates. But if your reward tier includes a copy of the game, it will be delivered to you shortly after the campaign closes.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE LUCKY PRIME ($7) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

You get a beautifully designed, digitally-delivered papercraft kit of the game art so you can print/cut/paste your own number hoops and monsters + an animated thank you note made of the finest, most pixelated pixels! It's a GIF that keeps on giving.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE EARLY BIRD ($15) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

You get 1 copy of Mathbreakers + special Kickstarter avatar and customizations + perks from lower tiers.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE PERFECT SQUARE ($25) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

Missed the Early Bird? That's okay, you can still get your hands on the game and custom perks!

You get 1 copy of Mathbreakers + special Kickstarter avatar and customizations + perks from lower tiers.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - GIVE ONE GET ONE ($42) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

For a little extra you can share a copy of Mathbreakers with a young math adventurer who needs it!

You get 2 copies of Mathbreakers (you get one, and we'll give another copy to a child) + special Kickstarter avatar and customizations + perks from lower tiers.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - COLLECTOR'S EDITION USB SPIKEY ($64) - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

You get the digital download and a boxed USB version! The Collector's Edition comes in a special 3-D printed spikey ball USB drive. Each collector's box is signed by the developer team with a scroll full of nerdy math jokes. Includes perks from lower tiers.

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TEEHEE! ($88) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Wear your love for Mathbreakers on your sleeve (actually, your entire torso) + perks from lower tiers.

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - MEAN NUMBERS ($121) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

Be a number villain! Name a spikey monster + perks from lower tiers.

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE NUMBERMANCER ($200) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

Stuck? The Numbermancer Wand is an almighty tool that lets you summon integers. Includes perks from lower tiers.

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - YOUNG DEVELOPERS WORKSHOP ($256) - - - - - - - - - - - - -

SF & Bay Area only. Get an exclusive look behind the scenes of Mathbreakers! Join the developers for a special one-day game design and coding camp just for kids. We'll show kids how Mathbreakers was made and get them started on a game of their own! Includes perks from lower tiers.

THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS!

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TIC-TAC-TOE ($300) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

You get a special edition multiples tic-tac-toe board game made from birch. Comes in a handy canvas bag so you can play on the go! Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception.

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOO SCHOOL FOR COOL ($500) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

2-years Mathbreakers academic license for the school of your choice! Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception.

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - VIP DINNER ($512) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

VIP dinner with the founders, advisors and other ed-tech thought leaders. Join us at a swanky San Francisco restaurant for an inspirational evening. Share ideas (and action plans) for improving the future of education while enjoying amazing food! Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception.

THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS!

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LIKE A BOSS ($777) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

The title says it all. You get to name a big boss monster whatever you want (keep it G-rated of course). Be a big bad number and make little children quiver... at least until they figure out how to defeat you. You get 5 copies of Mathbreakers so you can show your friends or your kids who's Boss! Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception.

THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS!

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - GAME FACE ($1024) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

We will design a custom avatar that looks like a robot caricature of your son or daughter! Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception.

THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS!

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - HOUSE OF NUMBERS ($2048) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

We will recreate your house (or any building of your choice) inside the game using number bricks! You'll be able to play with and share this structure with your friends and family, and everyone can have the satisfaction of destroying and rebuilding your magnificent edifice. Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception.

(Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

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Here’s a big shoutout to everyone that has helped us make Mathbreakers and this campaign possible! (Sorry if we left anyone out by accident -- we’ve had support from LOTS of amazing people.)

Special thanks to The Tech Museum of Innovation for hosting a Mathbreakers Beta-Jam and a Kickstarting the Future of Education Party with!

We're also proud to team up with CodeCamp, a free programming summer camp started by two Stanford undergraduates to serve middle- and high-school students in East Palo Alto. CodeCamp empowers underprivileged youth to learn programming by making awesome games and websites and pave their way toward future CS internships!

Concept Artwork:Leann Hill, Ryan Chadwick, Lukas Wong-Achorn

Filmmaking: Ryan Fanshaw, Edgard Navarrete

Tic-Tac-Toe Game Design: Dora Lee & Federico Chialvo

Music: Ronald Jenkees

Math and Technology Education Advisory: Dr. Jo Boaler and Cathy Williams of YouCubed.org and Federico Chialvo of Synapse School

Arrash Jaffarzadeh and Trinh Trinh of Monticello Academy, Paul Kunzel of Saint Andrew’s School, and St. Jospeh School for piloting!

Devoxx4KidsCoderDojo Silicon ValleyHack The Future, and the Julia Robinson Math Festival for their ongoing support in making STEM education accessible to kids and for hosting our play-testing programs!

The amazing folks at the Institute of Play and GlassLab for getting totally psyched about our game ;-)

Etan and Andrea Ayalon of HackerBBQ for showcasing Mathbreakers and innovative projects!

All of the kids and parents in our pilot programs that have been super passionate about Mathbreakers since day 1 (and have tirelessly sent us bug reports) -- you guys rock!

…. And last but not least, all of our friends and family for putting up with our terrible math puns for the past year and a half.

 

Risks and challenges

• Stuff will break. We guarantee it. Mathbreakers is in beta-development so there are lots of bugs to fix. We have a brigade of vigilant 8- to 14-year-olds on bug-catching duty -- we kid you not -- but they also have other obligations, like schooling and socializing. So, we can’t always catch bugs or fix them in time, and as we continue to expand the game it will do weird and perhaps accidentally wonderful things. You can rest assured, however, that debugging is an ongoing process and we’re constantly fixing and improving the game.

• We may miss the estimated delivery deadlines. We crafted our reward tiers carefully so that we will be able to deliver what we promise, but sometimes we may have to push back the deadlines to make sure that we meet your expectations for quality!

• The development roadmap may not go as planned. We described above the features that we intend to add, such as multiplayer-mode and level-editor tools. While we would love to grow Mathbreakers as fast as we can to encompass all of these features, we have to factor in technological constraints as well as legality and safety issues (for children interacting with each other in an online multiplayer environment). Because of these factors affecting feasibility, we may have to adjust our development roadmap as we go.

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  • Mathbreakers will run on Windows, Mac, Linux, and iPad and Android tablets. If you pledged at the $15 tier or higher, you'll be able to download the game on all platforms.

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    24 backers

    "THE POWER OF ONE" --- Have your name featured in our game credits! And get a virtually delivered hug from the founding team ;-)

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    Pledge $7 or more

    31 backers

    "THE LUCKY PRIME" --- A beautifully designed, digitally-delivered papercraft kit of the game art so you can print/cut/paste your own number hoops and monsters + an animated thank you note made of the finest, most pixelated pixels! It's a GIF that keeps on giving.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    "THE EARLY BIRD" --- You get 1 copy of Mathbreakers + special Kickstarter avatar and customizations + perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes.)

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    Pledge $25 or more

    150 backers

    "THE PERFECT SQUARE" --- Missed the Early Bird? That's okay, you can still get your hands on the game and custom perks! You get 1 copy of Mathbreakers + special Kickstarter avatar and customizations + perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes.)

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $42 or more

    40 backers

    "GIVE ONE GET ONE" --- For a little extra you can share a copy of Mathbreakers with a young math adventurer who needs it!

    You get 2 copies of Mathbreakers (you get one, and we'll give another copy to a child) + special Kickstarter avatar and customizations + perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes.)

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $64 or more

    19 backers Limited (13 left of 32)

    "COLLECTOR'S EDITION USB SPIKEY" --- You get the digital download and a boxed USB version! The Collector's Edition comes in a special 3-D printed spikey ball USB drive. Each collector's box is signed by the developer team with a scroll full of nerdy math jokes. Includes perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $88 or more

    25 backers All gone!

    "TEEHEE!" --- Wear your love for Mathbreakers on your sleeve (actually, your entire torso) + perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $121 or more

    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    "MEAN NUMBERS" --- Here's your chance to be a number villain! Name a spikey monster + perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)

    "THE NUMBERMANCER" --- Stuck? The Numbermancer Wand is an almighty tool that lets you summon integers. Includes perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $255 or more

    12 backers All gone!

    "A SCHOOL IN NEED" -- We will match your pledge to provide a 1-year academic license to a school in need. We will select the school, unless you have one in mind that meets our financial requirements! Includes perks from lower tiers. --- THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS! --- (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $256 or more

    4 backers Limited (11 left of 15)

    "YOUNG DEVELOPERS WORKSHOP" --- SF & Bay Area only. Get an exclusive look behind the scenes of Mathbreakers! Join the developers for a special one-day game design and coding camp just for kids. We'll show kids how Mathbreakers was made and get them started on a game of their own! Includes perks from lower tiers. --- THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS! ---

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    12 backers Limited (8 left of 20)

    "TIC-TAC-TOE" --- You get a special edition multiples tic-tac-toe board game made from birch. Comes in a handy canvas bag so you can play on the go! Includes perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the video game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    10 backers

    "TOO SCHOOL FOR COOL" --- 2-years Mathbreakers academic license for the school of your choice! Includes perks from lower tiers.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $512 or more

    1 backer Limited (11 left of 12)

    "VIP DINNER" --- Dine with the founders, advisors and other ed-tech thought leaders! Join us at a swanky San Francisco restaurant for an inspirational evening. Share ideas (and action plans) for improving the future of education while enjoying amazing food! You take care of travel, we'll take care of dinner ;-) Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception. --- THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS! ---

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $777 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    "LIKE A BOSS" --- The title says it all. You get to name a big boss monster whatever you want (keep it G-rated of course). Be a big bad number and make little children quiver... at least until they figure out how to defeat you. You get 5 copies of Mathbreakers so you can show your friends or your kids who's Boss! Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception. --- THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS! ---

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,024 or more

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    "GAME FACE" --- We will design a custom avatar that looks like a robot caricature of your son or daughter! Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception.

    --- THIS REWARD IS NOT INCLUDED IN HIGHER TIERS! ---

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $2,048 or more

    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    "HOUSE OF NUMBERS)" --- We will recreate your house (or any building of your choice) inside the game using number bricks! You'll be able to play with and share this structure with your friends and family, and everyone can have the satisfaction of destroying and rebuilding your magnificent edifice. Includes perks from lower tiers unless there's an exception.

    (You'll have access to the current version of the game shortly after the campaign closes. Delivery costs apply for international shipments of physical rewards from lower tiers.)

    Estimated delivery:

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