Title: "Math Stars" v. 4.0
Playing Time: The playing time can be
as long as you want and as many times as you want. The timer can
be set from 3 seconds to unlimited time.
Date: May 20, 1999
Cost: Could not find.
Number of Players: One child can play
alone or two children can play against one another. Except in math
detective only one person can play at a time.
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Mac
3.0 or higher
Subject Area: Math
Objectives: Math Stars meets the needs
of children looking to practice their beginning math skills. Addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division are all included in this
The more advanced student can add negative numbers and even solve for x.
Students can play solo or they can go head-to-head. The child who
answers ten out of ten correctly within the allotted time receives a gold
Brief Description: There are two seperate
games that can be played. The first game can be played solo or against
an opponent. Math equations come up on the screen either vertically
or horizontally, whatever your preference, and the child has to answer
the problem within a certain amount of time(preset on the timer), or they
can take as long as they want. Whomever wins receives a gold star
under their name. The math detective game can only be played solo.
A math problem comes up on the screen and the child has to find the multiple
answers in the grid of numbers, again the timer is optional.
Entry Capabilities Required: Basic remedial
math skills are required along with knowledge of numberpad.
Relevance to objectives: (5) Relevant
to objectives in that children practice their math skills while playing
against another student or going against the timer.
The program is very effective for children to practice there basic math
Provides practice of relevant skills:
(5) Children can enhance there math skills at a remedial level or at a
slightly more advanced level.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: (3.5)
As with any new game interest would be aroused initially but, I can
see where this particular game would become monotonous quickly. I
don't think it is something they would come back to if they were given
Likely to be comprehended clearly: (4)
Children may not be able to understand the game initially but, they would
figure it out quickly, upon starting.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
(4 ) The graphics are slightly dull. I can see where a child may
get bored easily.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): (4.5) The child cannot win unless
they answer more correct questions than their opponent or in a shorter
amount of time.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): (5) The game is quite
realistic. There isn't any animation basically, it is just answering
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
Clear directions for play: (4.5) The
are clear in the options page. If a child can read then they should
not have any problems.
Effectiveness of debriefing:(4.5)
Students who answer ten of ten questions in a round with the allotted time
earn a gold star in the player screen. The questions the student
got wrong show up in the column next to the game. However, the student
cannot go back to them but, merely write them down.
This program lacks in the entertainment area. I can see where a child
would become bored quickly. Young children like animation and if
this program had more it would be more entising for children.
Reviewer: Meissa Livingston
Position:Student Gred 518
Date: June 7, 1999
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh