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Designing Math Based Fun Educational Games for Web and Tablets

Guide Dr Jignesh Khakhar
Sponsor Playpower Labs
Keywords data analysis;educational games;game design;Number Sense

The project aimed at designing and developing fun; engaging maths-based educational games that are backed by strong scientific research for students in K-7 grades in the US. These games would address a core problem in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education—Number Sense.

Work on this project began by understanding the current maths-based games/products in the market, looking at research on learning Science, and difficulties that children have in understanding Mathematics.

One of the challenges in the project was ensuring that the games designed for the web could easily translate onto the tablets/smartphones with minimal design changes. This required a detailed study of different products available on the tablets and their interaction style. In the end, a total of 11 games were developed covering various concepts of Mathematics. Most of the games were mapped to the US common core state standards for Mathematics. Based on these mini games, two iPad applications were also developed for the Apple App store. The required an understanding of the research literature around specific maths concepts and then translating them to meaningful game design.

This project led to the realisation that educational games can indeed play a crucial role in one’s learning process. The use of statistics and rigorous data analysis in optimising the game design was a new paradigm explored. Another important realisation was the importance of the subtle decisions that one takes and their impact on the entire gameplay.
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