Researcher and Associate Professor Evelyn Kroesbergen from the Social Sciences Faculty at UU is investigating dyscalculia, i.e. children who have trouble doing math. Her research shows that having a feeling for the order and size of numbers (number sense) plays an important role in the ability of young children to make calculations (group 1 and 2 of primary school).
Together with two colleagues from the Infomatica department and the Education department of the UU, she’s developed a prototype of a ‘number sensing game’. She uses the game to study if young students can train and further develop their sense for numbers. If this works primary schools can arrange an easy-to-access tool to signal the symptoms of dyscalculia at an early stage and to do something about them. The development of a similar serious came requires a specific game-expertise in relation to the target group. UtrechtVC is seeking collaboration with third parties such as the Dutch Game Garden and educational publishers/app developers.
Start project: June 2013
Goal: find collaboration partners for the development of a serious game
Role UtrechtVC: making connections with specialised parties and where necessary make the business agreements