SMART Adventures Mission Math 1: Sabotage at the Space Station

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Space-themed practice app also integrates STEM content.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice core math skills. The game covers concepts including fractions, decimals, measurement, place value, graphing, geometry, and multiples. Kids can move around the various parts of the spacecraft as they wish, and each area focuses on a different skill set. For example, in the biology lab, kids work with place value. In the robot lab, they work with angle measures, parallel and perpendicular lines, and 3-D shapes. Kids are not penalized for getting answers wrong, but they must correctly answer a certain number of problems before completing a mission. Each mission has three levels of difficulty, so kids are challenged as they continue to play. SMART Adventures Mission Math 1: Sabotage at the Space Station is a good way to practice core math skills with mini-games and an engaging story line.

Ease of Play

Once kids figure out how to enter the labs and move around the corridors, gameplay is easy and intuitive. 

Violence & Scariness

The story line includes references to sabotage and purposeful damage to a spacecraft. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SMART Adventures Mission Math 1: Sabotage at the Space Station is a story-based math game that takes place aboard a sabotaged space station. Kids solve problems so they can help repair the damaged labs and discover who is responsible for the sabotage. As they try to solve the mystery, kids play mini-games and work with a variety of math content. Kids also solve problems related to scientific experiments, space travel, chemistry, and more. 

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What's it about?

SMART ADVENTURES MISSION MATH 1: SABOTAGE AT THE SPACE STATION starts by giving kids a story about the space station. Kids choose an avatar, are introduced to different characters aboard the spacecraft, and begin by exploring different parts of the space station. There are five main corridors on the space station, with different labs on each. Kids choose a corridor, then a lab, and finally play the mini-games in the lab. Each mini-game begins with on-screen instructions and an animated tutorial. Games are not timed, but kids have to finish a certain number of problems correctly to complete a mini-game. As the game progresses, kids learn more about the sabotage and get closer and closer to solving the mystery.

Is it any good?

In SMART Adventures Mission Math 1: Sabotage at the Space Station kids can explore and practice a variety of skills at their own pace. The math skills that kids practice are generally what a fourth grader is expected to know and learn by the end of the school year. There's not a lot of depth to the coverage of each individual skill, but the variety of mini-games and content, as well as the engaging story line, make for an engaging learning experience. One of the more interesting aspects of the game is the integration of STEM topics into the problems. For example, as kids solve problems related to angle measures, they are working to help wire products in the robot lab. By using this app, kids can practice skills in key areas of elementary mathematics. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids are learning in the games. Play some of the mini-games together. 

  • Have kids design a pencil-and-paper version of a new mini-game that could be added to the mission. Make sure they focus on a particular content area such as fractions or shapes. 

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For kids who love math

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