Get the Math

Common Sense Media says

Real people, real problems, real-world algebra solutions.

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Learning(i)

Webby Award

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence

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

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

There's no login. Kids only view the content, and data isn't saved.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • algebra
  • equations
  • functions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Videos show real people using math in ways that kids can relate to; they'll authentically use math in music, fashion, and sports. Super fun! Design is ultramodern and very teen-friendly.

Learning Approach

Each challenge is a real problem that requires math, and kids can use multiple approaches to reach a valid answer. As kids watch hip-hop duo DobleFlo jam, they'll get an understanding of how actual math fits into their work.

Support

Hints support kids struggling through a Challenge. Video and text work together for kids who have different learning styles.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • algebra
  • equations
  • functions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

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!

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

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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?

QUALITY
 

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!

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Numbers and letters
Award:Webby Award
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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