MEDFORD, Ore. — A company is bringing a new learning tool for kids inside the classroom. That company is hoping to expand if it can win several thousands of dollars at the Southern Oregon Angel Network Conference.
The Portland-based company created “The Digits: Fraction Blast”. The creator of this app was inspired a couple of years ago through his nieces and nephews.
“I loved watching them play with their devices. I’d see them go up to televisions and try to touch it and swipe it and interact with it,” explained creator Scotty Iseri
Coupled with that inspiration, Iseri used his background in music to create the app.
“I used to be in a band,” said Iseri, “and I had a lot of information to draw from and I think rock and roll is cool, you know?”
The biggest challenge was creating a story that was educational and interesting for kids.
“I think there’s a lot of kids oriented stuff that talks down to kids that sort of, in a lack of better terms, dumbs things down for them, and I think that’s a deserve to kid. I think kids are the smartest and best audience you can ever ask for.”
The Digits: Fraction Blast takes place in the galaxy. A band is on a mission to stop the evil Marvwell Doominger III.
“He’s trying to make the galaxy stupider,” explained Iseri.
The story changes as kids play it.
“As kids are watching the show, there are certain points where they interact with it,” Iseri described, “and these interactions are all designed to teach a certain lesson. In this case, fractions.”
Parents will also be assured, their child is also learning lessons required by the state.
“With the YouTube channel, its tied with the common core so they can use it as a supplementary lesson to help kids that may need a little bit more help or are advanced.”
Iseri has tested the app and it’s hitting the mark with parents and kids.
“Parents are telling us their kids are really enjoying math classes and they’re really enjoying their math lessons. Thats the part of the goal, which is to create something that helps them not learn math but love math,” said Iseri.
The Digits is competing against four other launch stage companies this April 11th at the Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network Conference.