Revolutionary tools to help kids learn math, build number sense, and have fun along the way! Join the Math Arrow revolution!
Revolutionary tools to help kids learn math, build number sense, and have fun along the way! Join the Math Arrow revolution! Read more
About this project
Our Kids Need Math Arrow Games: Play Smart, Get Smarter
Today kids learn numbers pretty much the same way they did in grandpa’s day – number lines and flash cards. Sure, many classrooms have smart boards, but smart boards don’t make kids smarter -- unless you put something on the board that makes a lasting impression.
Now there’s a better way! We are 3 dads -- Todd, Lee and Sergiy -- who are building apps based on our revolutionary, patented new design called the Math Arrow.
"Ingenious" -- Martin Cooper, Inventor of the cell phone
The Math Arrow presents an unforgettable visual pattern that gets imprinted in kids’ minds. University researchers have shown that games based on the Math Arrow raise first-grade test scores by over 7.5% after just an hour of playing! We have received enthusiastic letters and emails from parents and teachers of girls, boys who are visual learners, and kids who’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Meet the Math Arrow: The Shape of Math to Come
The Math Arrow is a unique display of numbers from 0 to 100. Instead of a number line that goes on forever in two directions, the Math Arrow lines up 2s, 5s, 10s, evens and odds in an unforgettable pattern. And look at this amazing feature: every number horizontally across from the other adds to 100. So when a kid learns the number 10, she can look directly across and see the number 90.
Cambridge University math professor Dr. Matthias Dorzzapf says that the Math Arrow “really makes arithmetic much easier for children in a very simple way.” Stephen Hawking’s co-author from Cal Tech, Dr. Len Mlodinow, has also praised the Math Arrow, while cellphone inventor Martin Cooper calls the Math Arrow “ingenious.” Don’t our kids deserve to see this incredible tool in their classroom?
Meet Kyle Counts and the Kira Counting Game
We’ve already created two iPad games based on the Math Arrow, targeting kids 4 to 8 years old. The games have been named “App of the Week” by eSchoolnews and have been praised by the Guardian, Economist magazine, Travel and Tech Mom, and EmergingEdTech. Kyle Counts shows kids how to add as they guide Kyle or his sister Kira around the Math Arrow. When kids complete a round, they get to hurl boomerangs, collect gold coins, while also learning about angles. Kira Counting Game is a fun subtraction game. Kyle Counts and Kira Counting Game challenge kids with increasing levels of difficulty. Meanwhile, parents and teachers can see how their kids are improving and what skills they may have trouble with.
Meet Betsy Shelton, a Teacher who Dressed as Kyle the Kangaroo for Halloween
Here’s a real letter we received from a California teacher: “We are an all Kyle and Kira school! I am teaching math to grades 1-4, and all my students are fanatics. Many of them purchased it for their homes, and they beg to play it every day. I am actually going to be Kyle or Kira for the Halloween parade with a kangaroo costume I found on Amazon! So I want to thank you for making our kids in Tiburon, CA, very excited about math.”
What’s Next? Bringing Math Arrow Games to Kids Everywhere
We want to give kids the tools they need to feel confident.
This campaign will help accomplish 3 goals:
- Spread Math Arrow apps and posters to kids all around the country
- Create and release new games, using the Math Arrow to teach division, fractions, geometry and word problems
- With your help we can give away Math Arrow apps to the neediest schools that can’t afford to pay the cost.
Our kids do great at international sporting events like the Olympics. But if our girls were slow at running the 100-meter race, Americans would come up with faster sneakers. If our boys were bad at pole vaulting, we’d make springier poles.
But instead, our kids need your help with numbers. Help us give them the tools they need so that they can feel hope, confidence and so that they can give each other the “hug of accomplishment.”
Who We Are
We are three dads with young kids. We want to give girls and boys a better chance to learn math and succeed in school and in life.
What People Are Saying
"Ingenious" Martin Cooper, Inventor of the cellular phone
"Brilliant!"Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters, Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (UK)
"Pictures that tell a thousand words, and a hundred and one numbers." Alex Bellos, Winner of the Galileo Prize, Guardian columnist, and author of Here's Looking at Euclid
“Great way to show the patterns that exist between numbers! It makes even complex math easy for kids!” Maxim Bazhenov, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, University of California Riverside
"A fascinating invention with HUGE potential. I'm very keen to try it out with my daughter." Shane Richmond, Chief Technology Editor, Daily Telegraph (UK)
"The Math Arrow is a terrific step forward in helping students learn math, numbers and their relationships!" David Ciulla, Executive Director, ReadWorks
"I'm excited to use this as a tool in my classroom!" Callie Coffin, Third Grade Teacher, National School District, California
"I'm excited for the privilege of using this new program. The tactile experience helps kids see number patterns, and the sound effects reinforce their learning." Cathy Goldberg, Preschool and Kindergarten Principal, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
"A unique and fascinating learning tool!" Clare Clark, Head Teacher, Eye Primary School, Peterborough, UK
"A fascinating visual representation of numbers that doesn't exist right now. There's nothing else like this. It's the next generation of the 100's chart!" David Noah, Managing Director at Success Academy Charter Schools
“Freedom Prep has been using Kyle Counts with our students who need remediation in mathematics. It has been a success for our students with ADD/ADHD” Donique C. Nobles, Head Of Elementary School-Westwood, Freedom Prep Charter Schools
"An exciting new way to build number sense and learn math patterns" Lisa Platt, Principal, Solana Vista Elementary School, California
"As an elementary school teacher and parent of a kindergartner, I am so impressed with the Sproglit math game application. I think it is an excellent tool in helping students develop number sense. This game is very fun, what with the alligator chase, rewards and storyline built in. In fact, when I tested the game with my own son, he couldn't wait to play it again. Way to go Sproglit!" Mary Tucker, Fourth Grade Teacher, Skyline Elementary School, California
Risks and challenges
We’ve already released two widely praised apps that are already helping kids understand math at home and in school. Our posters have been delivered to parents and teachers without a hitch from Amazon.com. Unless we get caught up in the crossfire of future drone delivery – we’re confident we can deliver!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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