In 2014, with three children living on their own and college tuition saved for the fourth, I took the leap of faith and plunged full-time into a startup making educational software to teach math to some of the most disadvantaged children on earth. Today my company, 7 Generation Games, has over 15,000 children using our technology, predominantly in low-income schools throughout the United States and Latin America.
The problem I’m trying to solve
Over 40 million children in the U.S. today will graduate from high school lacking math proficiency. The situation is even worse in Latin America, where 78 million children are at the most basic level of math achievement. Education’s the door to a better future, but it’s one closed to most low-income children. Without crucial math and literacy skills such as computing percentages or understanding a contract, students are barred access to college and better-paying jobs.
7 Generation Games brings educational technology to all these forgotten students. Our games are fun, teach math, give feedback and provide teachers with data. They’re designed to be accessible to everyone. Our own research, which we were able to conduct thanks to grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found students who play our games for 30 minutes twice a week increase their math scores by 30 percent compared to a control group.