Matematica Superpiatta is a video game born in the home of Leonardo Guidoni, full professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of L’Aquila, who has observed his own children playing video games many times and could not resist the temptation to put some maths into them, It all started in 2017, It all began in 2017, when the Matematica Superpiatta prototype left the home and entered a classroom at the IC Claudio Abbado in Rome, to then become part of an experiment conducted by the University that has so far involved around 1000 students, from second primary to third middle school in Abruzzo, Lazio and Lombardy. From 8 to 10 October, Leonardo Guidoni’s project was in the spotlight at Maker Faire Rome 2021. In addition to Leonardo Guidoni, the development team also included Silvia Baccaro, Davide Ubaldi, and Antonella Malatesta.
Matematica Superpiatta is a video game designed to help children and young people discover mathematics in a playful way. In a sandbox environment, you search for, create and destroy blocks of numbers to face challenges for all tastes and ages. The activities are designed in such a way as to stimulate children and young people to think about concepts and problems specific to their class (primary and secondary). The development team tested the video game and the related teacher platform with 1000 children and young people from schools in Lazio, Abruzzo and Lombardy during in-person and distance learning.
“Our” Maker Faire Rome 2021
«We were overwhelmed by the overwhelming enthusiasm of the children and young people aged between 7 and 13 who visited our stand – said Leonardo Guidoni, Alice Lemmo and Davide Ubaldi – in three days we distributed more than 200 new game accounts to those who played Super Flat Maths with us. Even some high school students were tempted by the idea and played with us, some in place of their younger siblings who had stayed at home, others because “a quick brush-up never hurts”. In the end, everyone was struggling to get away, and finding free game stations was not easy».
A passionate participation
«Parents – said the members of the team – listened to us with curiosity and many of them asked us how to propose our activities in their children’s schools. A lot of teachers visited our stand and asked us to take part in the training courses to prepare them for classroom testing of the video game. We have received applications from Abruzzo, Lazio, Campania, Puglia, Calabria, Umbria and Lombardy. We thank everyone for their interest and warm participation».
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