source Wired 1,500,000 people use the MathHelp app every day, and millions more use the calculator on the app to get answers to questions.
And it’s not just math: it’s everything from science to art to business to science fiction.
The app is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Applied Math, the first in the nation to incorporate mathematics into its curriculum, and it’s already been downloaded more than 6 million times, according to MathHelp’s president, Adam Rachman.
The math community at large is a big part of that.
“We see this as a game changer, for people who are looking for a new way to understand math,” Rachmansaid.
“The fact that they can actually interact with the world around them is a game-changer.”
The math community has been pushing for the app’s inclusion since at least 2014, when a group of math educators created the Math Help app, hoping it would open up the field for more students.
That’s when MathHelp first launched in a pilot in the Pittsburgh area, where students had to complete the math-related homework and quiz that they would then use to grade themselves.
MathHelp is part-time and can be downloaded on both iOS and Android devices, but the app is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV Stick, Roku Streaming Stick, and Apple TV.
“What makes it unique is that it is the first app to have a lot of math, a lot to it, and a lot more to learn,” said Andrew Ziemba, the lead developer of the app.
Ziemba said the app has already gained traction with parents and students.
In his first year of work, he said, he received calls from students who had already taken MathHelp and wanted to know how to do math, and he saw a “huge uptick in interest in math and learning.”
For some, MathHelp is a way to get out of their cubicles, and to be around students who are just as passionate about math as they are.
For Ziembas wife, she uses the app as an outlet for homework.
“I have a kid, so I use it for homework and to have something to do, and that helps me with homework,” Ziembsaid.
But for his students, Math Help helps them learn how to solve math problems that aren’t too difficult.
Rachman said MathHelp was originally meant to be for students from grades 6 through 12, but in 2015, the University Board of Trustees approved the app for use for students in grades 7 through 12.
Since then, MathGuides popularity has grown as well, and more than 8,000 schools have used the app, including the University’s own schools.
In addition to the app and its app, Mathhelp also offers tutoring, an interactive curriculum, a student portal, and math tutoring services.
Rathman said that MathHelp has a goal to be “the most accessible and accessible math app.”
Rachmans goal is to provide the most up-to-date mathematics curriculum available in the world, he added.
“It’s about making the math world accessible, and teaching math in a way that’s accessible to everyone.”
To reach out to more schools and teachers, MathHelps app has partnered with several math tutors across the country, including: MathWorkshops, which provides math tutorship for students of all levels, from elementary school through graduate school; MathWorkshop, a program for first-time teachers that provides students with hands-on, interactive instruction; Math Tutors, a collaboration between MathWorkshows and local teachers that brings teachers from across the region together to teach their students in a virtual classroom environment.
The math help app also has partnered up with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, and Ziembes group has partnered to support the Department of Transportation, which has a grant to support math and science education.
“The more we can connect students to these resources, the more they will want to come back to math and study,” Zemba said.