Angry Birds Out Flown by DragonBox – and it´s a game involving Algebra!

Posted: July 15, 2012 in Kids´ Maths Education through Game Based Learning and Fun!
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The concept of game-based learning is beginning to receive attention in Children´s Education and one of the more interesting innovations in this arena has been developed in Norway by pioneering startup company WeWantToKnow.

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WeWantToKnow´s first game, DragonBox, replaces the numbers, letters and signs in Algebra with more child-friendly symbols such as funky dragons, cool animals and other engaging characters.

Using the medium of a fun game, contemporary designed animation and the touchscreen technology of a smartphone or tablet computer, Kids quickly learn how symbols can be moved and combined on both sides of a split screen divide that represents the equal sign in an equation.

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By hiding x, y and other algebraic symbols under a layer of animated gameplay, the software is capable of introducing Kids from as young as 8 years of age to the world of Algebra, gradually revealing its underlying mathematical logic to them.

The beauty of DragonBox is that although the Kids are learning Algebra and complex equations they don´t actually realize it.  As far as they are concerned, they are simply having fun working through the different levels of the game as they would do in any other game with each level achieved awarding them one to three stars depending on how quickly they have solved the puzzle.  In fact one could say that DragonBox has put the “fun” into fundamental mathematics.

In tests held at schools in Norway, after only one hour of playing DragonBox, twelve-year olds were solving equations that even their parents would struggle to tackle. Three weeks ago DragonBox was pre-launched in Norway, immediately rocketing to the top of the charts, becoming the most purchased app in the Apple App Store – displacing more traditional games such as the mega-popular Angry Birds. Today more than 10% of all iPad users in Norway have downloaded DragonBox.

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DragonBox is available in English, French and Norwegian and is designed for iPad and Android tablets, but also works well on iPhone and Android phones. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play for $2.99 or $5.99 depending on whether you buy DragonBox or a DragonBox + (an extended version of the game).  A PC version will also soon be available.

There are many more games in the pipeline – which is great news for Parents, Teachers and Kids. The company was founded by financial analyst turned math teacher Jean-Baptiste Huyhn and the leading French game developer Patrick Marchal who share a joint vision “to make Learning fun, easy and addictive”.

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Jean-Baptiste Huynh; Co-founder and CEO of WeWantToKnow

You can learn more about the company on the web at www.wewanttoknow.com,

www.dragonboxapp.com    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_kO8-O7yNg&feature=related

Or contact Ian McMonagle, Head of Media Relations at We Want To Know Ianmac@wewanttoknow.com – mobile – 0047 91009703

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