Motion Math ZoomSpring 2012 Mobile Apps
Motion Math: Zoom is an educational game that focuses on teaching and honing number line skills. Players pop bubbles to release numbers at appropriate points on a variety of animal-themed number lines. In the first level, children explore the numbers 0 through 1,000. Frogs are spaced along the number line with an interval of 1, dogs on the number line with intervals of 10, and so on. If a bubble contains the number 6, children can glide their finger along the screen until they find 6, at which point they can pop the bubble over the appropriate space. As the numbers grow higher, zoom out toward the larger dogs, rhinos and dinosaurs to find the right place to pop the given bubble. Future levels introduce the concept of decimal places (bees and amoebas) and negative numbers. Children can play twenty-four levels of increasing difficulty as well as a timed challenge. When a player encounters difficulty, the game offers help and a chance to play the level again. Math Motion claims that its games improved math test scores by 15% and attitudes toward math by 10%. The game is filled with bright, colorful and cheerful characters that immediately engage small children. Our testers were entertained by the app, though they did express a wish for more variety to the challenges.