Blue Lightning Labs has developed Mathemagics: Mental Math Tricks, an iOS app that helps students multiply, divide, and square at lightning speed. Students learn and practice the tricks of mental math calculation, progressing through various levels of proficiency. They can use Mathemagics to prepare for the math section of standardized tests and entrance exams or as a tutor to improve test-taking abilities. The math lessons include multiplying as high as 20 x 20; multiplying any number by 99; dividing any number by 5; multiplying two close numbers; adding two- and three-digit numbers; checking addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division by casting nines; and more. Cost: $2.99
The Noetic Learning Math Contest is a semiannual problem-solving competition for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students’ interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills, and to inspire students to excel in math.
Calculus in Virtual Reality (CalcVR), an app for iOS, uses a Google Cardboard headset to enable the user to visualize concepts in multivariable calculus within a virtual reality setting. Users can specify their own objects for visualization, as well as go through lessons on the geometry and calculus of multivariable functions and the corresponding surfaces.
The Museum of Science, Boston, develops exhibits, programs, and curricula that empower children to become lifelong STEM learners and passionate problem solvers. The museum offers seven engineering curricula (preK–12): “We Engineer,” “EiE for Kindergarten,” “Engineering is Elementary,” “Engineering Adventures,” “Engineering Everywhere,” “Building Math,” and “Engineering the Future.