Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Project: Math++ - Education through a student to student model
Explain your idea in details:
I believe that one of the most effective ways of learning that often goes unnoticed is a student teaching a student. That's why I created Project: Math++, a website and mobile app dedicated to helping students around my age with topics they learn in math. My inspiration came from two places: my love for Math and passion for technology. It all started in my Algebra class in 7th grade when I noticed some of my classmates were having trouble doing certain mathematical operations on the graphing calculators. To me this process seemed simple enough, but it perplexed me on how to solve this problem for others. Thats when the idea struck me: Students need bite-sized, simple, and easy to grasp lessons that can be easily understood. And what could be more effective than a student with a better understanding explaining it? Thus, Project: Math++ was born. As I started adding new topics, I realized that for this idea to be successful and reach a wider audience, it needed to be easily accessible not just on computers through a website but also as an app on mobile devices. This drove me to design and create the mobile app for both iOS and Android devices. Ive since then added interactive discussion boards, more learning videos, and collaborating with others who have interest in this area. I soon started receiving numerous positive feedbacks from teachers and students alike with tips to further improve the app. With all these ideas and inspiration, I have strived to make my app more robust by making it a 1-stop shop for all the math and other topics I learn along the way in high school and beyond. Link : https://nithnugget17.wixsite.com/mathplusplus
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
I have been using my app and website to tutor other students in my local library and around my community. During the sessions, I noticed that kids lost all their inhibitions and discussed their problem-solving challenges more freely with me and understood what I taught them with relative ease. I felt at that point that these types of student-to-student sessions can flip a students fear of math to joy. During my sessions, the students also started asking me questions on Physics and other topics. So, I have expanded my website and app to include links to bite-size Physics videos I have created to explain basic concepts in Physics that students learn in high school. The most important thing I realized from the students that I tutored are that they really liked learning concepts from a student like them in an informal setting rather than a more formal setting where a teacher or instructor is trying to teach the same concepts. I believe the real measure of success is not only the number of students learning but the smile on the students face when they get that aha moment when they understand a concept that they have been struggling to learn. I am happy to say that my website and app have already been seen by more than 2500 users in over 5 countries. With an app and website my hope is to enable a lot of students to learn both in-person and online, and who can then turn around and teach many more students, thereby sustain the knowledge dissemination beyond all boundaries. I would like to make the interaction not only one way but enable close collaboration among the students to realize the true student-to-student concept.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The student-to-student model is based on close collaboration and discussion between the student imparting the knowledge and the other students that are working on their way up to understand the absorb the concepts. The idea is to inspire other students that can spread the knowledge further to even more students and thereby keep the student-to-student spirit alive and expand the reach to more and more students as time goes along. In other words, I hope my app will inspire a positive network effect that can help education everywhere around the globe. I was able to develop the app in my spare time and using funds from my family to build and launch the app on the Apple App Store and Google Play store. I hope to keep the app free for all users. My intent is to further develop the app into a more collaborative platform that users can use to post and share problems and concepts to one another. The main collaborators here are the students themselves. The students participating do not need any dedicated set of resources apart from their own or access to a computing or mobile device for the interaction. The distributed model with the students as collaborators and initiators will help sustain the knowledge building and transfer to an extended set of students across the world and really spread education to anywhere where there is access to the internet either directly or through students that can take the information to places without internet.
I am Nitin Seshadri. I am 15 years old and I am a sophomore at Somers High School, Somers, NY, USA. Apart from studies my passion includes medical innovation, technology, and photography. I am the CEO of a STEM team called D2NK where I have spearheaded the creation of innovative products and ideas. I feel that technology can be an active enabler of new processes and devices that can help people improve their lives and make a positive contribution to the society. My Math++ concept and tutoring approach has been featured in the Somers Town Record newspaper and the app has been a finalist at the New York Consumer Electronic Shows Young Innovators to Watch competition in 2017. One of my teams products, AI4VI, that we built as a team won the Future Innovators award at the Johns Hopkins university Health Care Design competition in Apr 2019. We have also been selected as a Conrad Innovator at the Conrad Challenge 2019 and named a finalist at the Paradigm Challenge 2018.