Math Bus: Climb Aboard for a Fun Way to Learn Math!

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Author bio: Henk Jurriens is a professional software developer from The Netherlands and is interested in developing mobile applications. He is always looking for innovative and interesting projects. For more information you can contact me at  henk.jurriens@gmail.com

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In October 2103, I stumbled upon a Dutch website with a new method for children to learn math: the Math Bus. The Math Bus is designed to help young children to improve number skills. Working with the Math Bus provides a fun way to develop mathematical awareness, including counting skills, number value, simple addition and subtraction and number bonds.

To help make this great program easily accessible, I created the Math Bus app!  The purpose is to encourage young children to start with math and to learn math can be really fun!

How to use the Math Bus app?

The menu exists of three buttons: addition, subtraction and a combination of these.

You can easily change the level : from easy to difficult.

After selecting a button, you get the main screen:

You see a yellow school bus with a big number on it. Below the bus the words ‘out’ and ‘in’. And below these words a number of figures, showing how many children getting in and getting out of the bus. In case of 5 or more figures, rows of figures will be shown. With 8 figures there will be 2 rows, 1 row of 5 and 1 row of 3.

The answer is given by touching the number ‘keys’ and is confirmed by the yellow arrow

Example: There are 3 children in the bus, 2 children are getting into the bus. How many children are in the bus?  The answer is 3 + 2 = 5

Example:  Now there are 6 children in the bus and 2 children are getting out of the bus? How many children are left in the bus?  In this case the answer is 6 – 2 = 4.

After answering all the sums, an explanation will be shown. For example : ‘Question 1 is wrong (12), it’s 3 + 11 – 1 = 13

In the classroom

In addition to the app the site Eduapp.nl also created an assignment for how to use the app  in the classroom. (http://eduapp.nl/profielen/701f1d858560/lesideeen/optellen-en-aftrekken-aan-de-hand-van-bussommen, in dutch, but Google can help with out with Google Translate)

Download: You can download the app in the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bussommen/id716831058?mt=8) and in the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ihenk.bussommen)

sources: Nienhuis BV.

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