Making maths fun

2018-01-31 06:00
Lloyd Gordon has developed a new program for maths students. See story on page 12.

Lloyd Gordon has developed a new program for maths students. See story on page 12.

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A MOBILE phone app developed by a University of KwaZulu-Natal Computer Science student is set to make high-quality maths education free and accessible to students from various socio-economic backgrounds.

Open Omnia is a web-based programme which aims to assist students who struggle with mathematics to better understand the subject by breaking down the formulas and providing step-by-step illustrations for mathematical equations.

Creator and owner of Open Omnia, Lloyd Gordon from Pietermaritzburg, is working diligently to extend the web-based programme to an app for smart phones and tablets to enable greater accessibility to a larger group of people, thus benefiting more recipients.

Scheduled for launch in April 2018, the web app is available at openomnia.com.

Simply type in a mathematical problem and the service returns a step-by-step solution to the problem.

This ensures that students learn how to get to the answer. The programme is available free to students from different walks of life, thereby promoting inclusivity in line with government’s radical economic transformation agenda.

Gordon was shortlisted from 198 entries to emerge as the first runner-up in the 2017 Inkunz’isematholeni Youth in Business Competition.

The young innovator took home a R50 000 marketing voucher to help market his innovation.

Spearheaded by Ithala Development Finance Corporation, Inkunz’isematholeni attracts youth with innovative and sustainable business concepts and provides incubation and start-up in their journey to becoming seasoned entrepreneurs.

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