Math Mate is here to help with their new math game app
If you struggle with algebra, here’s good news for you.
Naing Oo February 19, 2018
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A Brisbane University student startup, Math Mate, launched a new math learning app ‘Do Math Good’ to help with high school algebra.
This free app is the first app from Math Mate, and they hope to revolutionise the way students learn by using an engaging digital space,
The digital space approach is to try and reduce the stress associated with learning maths which some of us (like me) are very familiar with.
The game has step-by-step tutorials and equations that are engaging and interactive, bringing a whole new experience to learning algebra at your own pace and in privacy.
Math Mate app.
According to Math Mate, students who find learning from a textbook challenging have found radically different results from using the app.
Math Mate CEO and Co-founder Lachy Fitzpatrick said ‘digital natives’ are already reaching university.
“These students have grown up with a touchscreen in arms reach since before they could walk,” he said.
“The way they learn and absorb knowledge is different to previous generations, yet maths is still being taught in the same way.”
That’s not the only reason as well.
The Daily Telegraph reported that there had been a steady decline in the number of senior students choosing to study maths in their final years.
Why? Because if its difficulty and tedium.
A report by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) found that the emerging Australian students are slipping backwards compared to other OECD countries when it comes to math.
Dr Stanley Rabinowitz from ACARA said just over half of them performed at or above the proficient standard.
“Still not as many as we’d like to have met that standard — so about 55 percent met the proficient standard and that’s about the same number we had three years ago when we assessed previously,” Dr Rabinowitz said.
Why does it matter?
It matters heaps. Math is pretty much involved in every subject and every industry.
STEM jobs are vital for the growth of the country as well. Especially in the startup community.
If there is no growth in the number of students interested in math, there will be a shortage of talents and skills for the industry.
With the world becoming more and more technologically advanced, STEM subjects are becoming more of a necessity.
So Math Mate is doing all of us a massive favour.
Math Mate team.
The Math Mate team have garnered supporters while working with a number of Brisbane public and private schools who are helping to take the next step in education technology.
They also plan to continue developing the app to cover further algebra concepts including simultaneous equations, quadratic equations, exponents and logarithms over the next year.
If you’re competitive, a multiplayer version of the game that could allow students to challenge each other to math “duals” will be added on board soon.
The Math Mate team of mechatronic engineering students from the University of Queensland are currently part of the River City Labs accelerator program founded by entrepreneur Steve Baxter of Shark Tank.
“Marrying up technology and education has been promised for a while now, and I think the guys at Math Mate are heading in the right direction,” Baxter said.
Do Good Math can be downloaded from both app stores.