What is it
Mr. Nussbaum’s Math Downhill Slalom is an app where quick math and skiing skills can earn you a gold medal certificate. Children can choose from four different courses; each course requires them to practice a different operation (addition, subtraction, division or multiplication).
When you choose a course, you will see a number to look for. For example, if you choose the addition course, you might see + 6. This means that you must ski between all flags that show a + 6 relationship. If the flags are numbered 2 and 8, you would ski through them. If they are numbered 5 and 10, you would ski around them. If you ski through the wrong flags you will be penalised; and you need to watch out for the squirrels, bears, penguins, and rocks which will also lose you points.
If children area nimble, fast and use their maths skills to full effect they can earn a gold medal, you have to be fast and nimble.
What our team of testers said
"I do like this game" - Girl aged 8
- Develops speed of recall
- Practises children's mental maths skills
- Enables children to practise their mathematical skills in all 4 operations
What our experts think
A fast paced app which encourages children to use their speed of mathematical recall to work out the answers and then steer the skier around the slalom course. We really liked the simplicity of the app; it is a simple concept, but is really challenging and makes children work out answers quickly (if they are too slow, they won’t have time to get the skier through the correct slalom poles.) It is a very good app for developing and refining children’s mental maths skills (a key mathematical skill.)
The fact children get a time, penalties and a final score means that children are encouraged to try and beat their score and achieve a gold medal (they can also get silver or bronze.)
It would be even better if...
It would be better if there were different levels; this would enable the app to be tailored to different children’s individual needs.
Maybe to give children number then the children find two flags that add up to it or children can choose a ski character and their clothes?
- Brands: MrNussbaum
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Languages available: American English
- Android version: Requires 3.0 - 4.0.3
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive