This Children’s day, Cuemath, India’s leading home-based, after-school learning program for math, launched a first-of-its kind ‘Mathematical Universe’ for students across K-8 to engage them better in order to strengthen their foundation in the subject. All Cuemath’s 20,000 students will be able to experience this form of learning through stories on the Cueapp across 2500+ Cuemath centers starting today.
These stories have been broadly divided into three levels – Class K-2, Class 3-5, and Class 6-8. This has been done after carefully analyzing the students’ responses to content across media like storybooks, puzzles, games, apps and televised programs. Each story would be released periodically over a series of classes, incentivizing students to consistently attend and perform well. The objective behind this is to engage the students to strengthen their problem-solving ability and increase their affinity for Math.
“This is one of the most extensive gamification exercises ever undertaken in education. We have created all the characters and the fictional universe they belong to with immense detail, keeping in mind the triggers for children across different age groups,” said Manan Khurma, Cuemath’s founder, and CEO. “We truly believe that students can understand mathematics better by themselves, simply by following their heroes on thrilling feats and escapades that pique their curiosity into the underlying scientific processes. With this type of learning we want to help remove the fear of mathematics in children and bring them closer to strengthening this life skill,” he added.
Within each of these categories, Cuemath has developed a set of characters who embark on Math-based adventures in stories that enable the student to tangibly interact with the infinite possibilities of the Mathematical universe:
Class K-2: Thomas Tallman and Friends – These are stories that focus on the wonders of math and logic in the natural world, and in the immediate world that the younger children live and play in. Thomas Tallman is the newest kid in the odd little town of Oddity, and quickly becomes the town’s expert problem-solver when he discovers a book on Math. Expect exciting times on bicycles and seesaws, discoveries in growing plants and telling time with shadows, and the joys of flying kites!
Class 3-5: Zero-Squad – These are stories about an intrepid crime-solving detective duo, Eka and Dvita – the “Zero Squad.” Raised by an honest and upright District Collector, their family is often transferred, so the stories take place against the rich backdrop and history of the smaller towns and cities of India. Get ready to crack cases that even adults cannot, for brains to overpower the local goons’ brawn – for Eka and Dvita are most certainly superheroes, with the superpowers of logic and reasoning.
Class 6-8: Kalina and the Shards of Singularity – These stories, for our oldest students, take place in a world reminiscent of the Arabian Nights – but with intergalactic space-travel in a not-so-distant future. We follow a young rebel, Kalina, as she travels across the universe with her trusted AI partner/sidekick (they can’t decide which one), the Djinn. Get ready to explore space/time continuums, break complex codes, and discover the mysterious mathematical origins of the stars.
Founded in 2013, Cuemath is a home-based after-school, multi-format math learning program that brings together the best of technology and personal teaching. Through a unique curriculum and dedicated teachers across India, Cuemath is imparting conceptual understanding and analytical thinking of the subject with an aim to teach math as a life skill. Cuemath had earlier raised $4.1 million in its Series A round of funding from Sequoia India in February 2015. Their seed funding was raised in 2014 from Unitus Seed Fund and Alok Mittal, a well-known early-stage investor. Earlier this year, Cuemath raised $15 million in its Series B round of funding from CapitalG (formerly known as Google Capital) and Sequoia India.