Call for learners to brush up maths skills via game-app

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Learners looking to improve their mathematics skills are invited to participate in season two of the Static City Maths online multiplayer Olympiad.

Launched by Kimard Studio, Static City Maths is a Monopoly-style maths assessment game-app targeted at learners at a preparatory level (from 11 to 15 years old).

The game provides thousands of contextualised mathematical assessments and exercises, allowing learners to practise maths by answering equations based on addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and ascending/descending order.

As part of the Static City Maths launch, season one of the online Olympiad, accessible via the game-app, was also introduced for learners to compete against each other and win a reward every month.

According to a statement, the online tournament rewards a top performer with R500 every month when they practise their maths exercises and submit it to the online leader board.

“The season two of our Olympiad has kicked-off, and learners are invited to download the app, practise their maths and submit their scores every end of the month,” says Static City Maths founder Arnaud Kim Chulu.

“Their scores go straight onto a leader board and by the first day of each following month, we announce the winner and reward them with R500. We usually request extensive details via e-mail to ensure the winner is falling in the grades that our assessment questions cover.

“We wish that they can help us create a better world and encourage the future generation instead of cheating our system. We will be running these competitions directly through school so that we can encourage the participation from learners.”

South African learners’ maths skills have been openly criticised over the years, with education commentators calling for immediate interventions to improve the situation.

The 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, which assessed learners in grades five and nine in public and independent schools, showed South Africa continues to be among the lower performing countries in maths and science scores.

It revealed that just over one-third (37%) of assessed learners demonstrated they had acquired basic mathematical knowledge and 28% had acquired basic science knowledge.

“In this world of instant gratification, we need to improve on how to keep learners engaging with mathematics and other modules. After all, good grades will get them well-paid,” says Chulu.

He notes the content on the app follows the South African curriculum, adding that everything was created and developed by local educators.

“With support from organisations and the Department of Basic Education, we can easily start monitoring how much of an improvement and impact we are creating over the months for learners using the app.”

Static City Maths is available on iOS and Android.

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