Australian maths resource Matific and The Smith Family have developed a program around the Matific Galaxy app to help with the mathematics skills of students growing up in disadvantaged households.
A new trial is under way with 200 families in remote communities, providing access to Matific’s mathematical learning app, for their primary school-aged children.
Matific Galaxy is a game-based learning program, designed by curriculum experts, which features creatively engaging situations, so children are taught maths skills without fear or anxiety. Parents and children can download Matific Galaxy on desktop and via android and iOS devices.
The app doesn’t require internet access to run. While it initially needs to be downloaded in a spot where internet access is available, it can then be utilised offline in any location. This ensures children whose families can’t afford internet access don’t miss out.
Matific is available to students who participate in The Smith Family’s Learning Clubs. These clubs offer a safe and supportive out-of-school learning environment where primary or secondary students can participate in activities that develop their academic skills, such as homework, numeracy and literacy, at no cost.
Matific (the in-school program equivalent) is currently available for The Smith Family Learning Clubs, and nearly 1000 students are registered to use the platform at present. However, The Smith Family and Matific saw an opportunity to reach even more students, by providing the Matific Galaxy app to disadvantaged families in remote communities for at-home use.
Supporting the development of maths skills from an early age is also foundational for future engagement in STEM subjects. Considering that (according to the IET) 203,000 people with STEM skills will be required each year to meet demand through to 2024.
Matific’s Education Expert and Ex-Primary Teacher, Brent Hughes, says, "Matific is committed to changing the way that children associate with mathematics. That means all children, not just those attending wealthy private schools. We are honoured to be partnering with The Smith Family who have been a big part of the Australian landscape for years. This initiative is going to help so many children and families and we are thrilled to be a part of it."
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