Zap Zap Fractions Makes Learning Math Fun

Mathematics the fun way


Zap Zap Fractions is an iPad and iPhone math app for children that manages to be both instructional and beautiful. When I saw the game demoed by its creators, Malaysia-based Visual Math Studio, at the recent Echelon event, I was impressed by its illustrations of aliens and spaceships, as well as its entertainment value. The concept behind the game, which teaches kids the basics of fractions, was inspired by a Calvin and Hobbes comic.

“When Calvin was in class, he couldn’t relate with what was being taught, so he started daydreaming about the teacher being a fat alien,” says Joann Soon, content developer of Visual Math Studio. “He would make learning fun through his imagination. That was his coping mechanism.”

“We came up with lines like ‘is math alien to you?’ and from there we took the visuals,” she adds.

Visual Math Studio is made up of Soon, designer…

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