Engaging Children to 'Active Math via Role Play Using Props, Characters and Adventures

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Bibiana Law
Assistant Research Professor, Veterinary Science & Microbiology
Gerardo Lopez
Assistant Research Professor, ACBS
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Lewis Humphreys
Licensing Manager (520) 626-2574

Title: Engaging Children to “Active” Math via Role Play Using Props, Characters and Adventures

 

Invention: This invention is a collection of fictional scenarios aimed to increase the math proficiency rate in children.

 

Background: It can easily become difficult for students to maintain pace with their peers when learning math, which had led to falling proficiency rates in the US. Proficiency has dropped below 40% in Arizona alone. The current method of teaching math to young children involves a passive method of textbooks and worksheets, which are not interesting or engaging for students. This invention aims to teach foundational math skills by introducing props and characters to address issues like motivation, confidence and skill gaps in children.

 

Applications:

  • Teaching methods
  • Educational films

 

Advantages:

  • Engaging and low-cost
  • Fosters curiosity and exploration
  • Attempts to make math enjoyable
  • Potential to serve as a textbook replacement

 

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