Funexpected Math, a freeapp foriOS devices from Funexpected Ltd, embeds findings in educational neuroscience into digital logic games for children aged 3 to 7. The 11 games are situated across the landscapes of Japan, Egypt, and Greenland. Children tap, cut, slide, grab, and move animated onscreen objects to propel the story forward. For example, children learn counting by feeding a monkey with the correct amount of juicy berries gathered from various branches. They create algorithms for a ninja to climb through a skyscraper to meet his friend, Kitty. They recognize patterns and assemble figures from parts to continue a sequence of mysterious Egyptian deities. And they apply logic by catching a specific type of fish with a net and filling a fishpond with the haul. The difficulty level is adaptive and tailored to a child’s level of competence depending on correctly solved challenges. The app runs a subscription-based model of $3.99 monthly or $31.99 yearly.
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Math educators worked with learning researchers and multimedia developers to create Math Snacks, an online platform that helps students in grades 4–8 work through difficult math concepts. Created in New Mexico State University’s Learning Games Lab, the freeMath Snacks materials address critical content, including number sense, ratio, proportion, measurement, scale factor, and prealgebra.