Get the Math

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Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Real people, real problems, real-world algebra solutions.

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Educational value

Kids can learn how to actually use algebra in real-world situations. They'll plot points on a graph to play a video game, calculate beats per minute to mix music, and figure out how to cut costs on a high-fashion sweater. They'll learn to think critically and logically as they work through the challenges and gain an understanding that even the coolest people sometimes use math skills to their benefit. Get the Math is the proof kids have been waiting for: all kinds of people use math in real life!

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Kids see that math is actually important in the real world.

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In the Videogames challenge, a spaceship must avoid hitting an asteroid.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Get the Math is a website geared toward middle and high school students that helps them build problem-solving skills and solve real-world problems with algebra. There's no login or saved data; kids watch awesome video clips of professionals using math in their jobs. Then they get a chance to try it themselves with the mathematical challenges the site poses. It's hip and fun and teaches legit algebra.

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What's it about?

GET THE MATH is a website that shows kids how to use math in the real world (thus proving that math is used in the real world!). Short videos demonstrate how professionals use math in music, fashion, video games, restaurants, special effects, and even basketball. Using real people in their real-world examples, like video game designer Julia Detar or restaurant owner Sue Torres, the site shares stories of how people and businesses use algebra in their daily lives. After watching the videos, kids can "Take the Challenge," attempting an algebra problem based on what they just saw. When that's completed, there are further challenges on the same topic.

Is it any good?

It's so good. Get the Math videos don’t just loosely connect math to the real world; everything is specific, clear, and presented in a totally relatable, fun way. Subjects are diverse, featuring many people of color and women in nontraditional industries. Some of the challenges are better than others; for the video game challenge, kids answer math questions to play a video game built by math, whereas it would be more authentic if they could create a function that in turn builds a small piece of a video game.

The Math in Music challenge is an excellent example of a problem that's interesting and has multiple ways to get to the correct answer; kids use math to mix music along with hip-hop artists DoubleFlo. It provides just the right amount of structure and support while still leaving kids space to puzzle it out themselves. Our main complaint: it's too bad that the site's limited to algebra content; we want it for all the math subjects!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss ways that math makes you powerful, like being able to understand mortgages and credit. Why does it feel good to have this knowledge?

  • Share ways you use math in your own job and day-to-day life.

  • For families who want to know more about financial literacy, check out The Mint and other teen financial sites.

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