ISLA 2018 WINNER
Mathematician Dr Seema Nanda together with the Physicist and educator Dr Stefan Schramm, are starting a pilot study of “Maths Waali” a validated mobile phone app in December 2018 for elementary school students of a low income school in Chinnappa Garden Slums, Bangalore. This pilot will be conducted under the aegis of Leora Trust, (www.leoratrust.com) a non-profit founded in 2012 by Dr Nanda.
This integrated maths learning experience provides incentive to students to do math everyday and provides instant feedback, customised to each child, using analysis based on Artificial Intelligence. In addition, there is a dynamic modification of the lessons using a neural network algorithm. Maths Waali is specifically geared to the urban slum children leaving school innumerate. There are more than 20 million such children in India.
HWDI believes that the business model behind this initiative, the building of relationships with schools, the scalability, the innovative use of tech and the way in which the app provides a “daily nudge” creating both a reduction of fear and an interest in maths through a supportive and shared community fulfils its mission to improve science literacy in underserved communities.
RUNNERS UP (in no particular order)
This year we received many excellent projects, some barely started, others with several years of effort behind them. HWDI wanted to recognise some of these unsung enterprises with small runner up grants.
In no particular order, here are the three runners up which will receive grants of £400 each.