Addition Blocks is the newest math game to be featured on GameUp! Back in 2011, the Federal Department of Education’s Digital Promise Initiative announced the STEM Video Game Challenge, and Georgia based mathematics teacher Martin Esterman created Addition Blocks to help students build fluency with basic addition facts. Combining “Tetris like” spacial reasoning with multiple digit addition, the game went on to win the competition and establish Martin as a force in the world of independent education video game development.
Addition blocks is a great game for building fluency, but can be very frustrating for students who are still developing conceptual understanding. Be sure to read Martin’s Research Summary to determine which students this game is most useful for!