Math Apprentice

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Jason Shiroff, Common Sense Media
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Explore math careers through fun real-world simulations.

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Educational value

Kids can learn how math is used in different careers, such as designing video games, programing a Mars rover, or running a bakery. A broad range of math concepts are covered, including geometry, graphing, fractions, and decimals. Although the site does a great job of providing kids with a place to play with numbers, it doesn't do as much to teach them actual concepts. Math Apprentice is an excellent place for kids to explore math ideas, but it would do well to offer kids more practical math instruction.

Positive messages

There are exciting examples of how math is used in the real world. Kids get the message that problem solving, patience, and hard work can be fun.

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Math Apprentice doesn't contain any advertising, but there are links to other math practice sites that do.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Math Apprentice is a website wherein kids can explore a variety of math-related careers and try them out in virtual businesses. The site can support your child's math development and show her everyday uses of the math she's learning in school. Math Apprentice is an ad-free, safe, and easy-to-use website. It's a great way to help your child build problem-solving skills and develop a love of math.

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What's it about?

Math Apprentice introduces students to real-world math concepts used by people working in various careers. Kids can enter virtual businesses to learn about the math involved there. The businesses include a bakery, a bike shop, an animation studio, a video game studio, and a space-rover-design center, to name a few. Each business has kids solve unique problems using built-in math tools.

Is it any good?

Math Apprentice is great for helping kids connect the math they're learning in school with the math done by professionals. The simulations are high-quality and engaging and provide opportunities for open-ended learning. Kids will enjoy exploring the businesses and trying out all the different math tools. Learning to program space rovers, animate a character for the movies, and build a better bike are only some of the activities that will capture their imaginations.

The site is easy to use but doesn't keep track of any user information. This is great for privacy, but, unfortunately, kids will have to start exploring from scratch every time. The math concepts, like graphing sine and cosine functions, are challenging -- perhaps too challenging for younger kids. Nevertheless, Math Apprentice is still fun to explore, even for kids who don't know all the math yet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how math is used in different careers.

  • Ask your kids: Where can you use math skills in real life?

  • Talk to your kids about which math careers seem the most interesting? Why?

Website details

  • Subjects: Math: equations, geometry, graphing, ratio
    Science: engineering, motion, physics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, asking questions, collecting data, defining problems, hypothesis-testing, making conclusions, part-whole relationships, problem solving
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: Numbers and letters
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free

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