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iBrain, the World’s First Digital Abacus that Gives Kids a Fun Way to Develop Math, Cognitive Skills, Quickly Reaches Goal after Launching on Kickstarter

  (February 12, 2018)
iBrain, the World’s First Digital Abacus that Gives Kids a Fun Way to Develop Math, Cognitive Skills, Quickly Reaches Goal after Launching on Kickstarter

iBrain, the world's first digital abacus created to help children from age four to 10 develop math and cognitive skills in a fun, engaging and challenging ways, has launched on Kickstarter and has quickly surpassed its goal of $10,000.

“We took the abacus, an ancient Chinese calculator, modernized it and digitized it to connect to a tablet via Bluetooth technology," said iBrain Founder and CEO Michael Ngo. “Through regular practice, children learn to visualize the abacus in their minds and, within a few months, they learn to solve mathematical problems entirely in their heads without the use of a calculator, pencil and paper or their fingers."

Also called a counting frame, the abacus was a calculating tool used in Europe, China, Russia and Europe centuries before the adoption of the written Hindu–Arabic numeral system in use today.

“The abacus teaches not only essential math skills, but focuses on whole brain development by keeping the left and right sides of the brain in perfect sync," Ngo said. “We believe math is the foundation for every other skill, from cooking to coding."

In addition to the digital abacus, iBrain has more than 100 brain games and activities using an iPad, or Android tablet.

The app targets three key functions of a child's developing brain: memory, focus and creativity.

“Your child will gain confidence with numbers, drawing and coding as they use both sides of their brain – the creative and the analytical," Ngo said. “Since most of the learning takes place through games, iBrain instills eagerness and enthusiasm in children to learn."

Ngo notes that, in the United States, students' math scores have continually ranked far below most Asian countries where the 5,000-year-old abacus is still part of the math curriculum. According to the PISA test (Programme for International Student Assessment), Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan are the top performers in math and science around the world. The United States is currently ranked in 40th place.

“We developed iBrain to help children, from the preschool to the preteen years, gain confidence with complex math skills at the earliest age possible," Ngo said. “This unique brain-training program is designed for parents who want to give their kids a head start learning the crucial math skills that will help them for the rest of their lives."

For more information, or to purchase iBrain for an early-bird discount price during crowdfunding, visit the iBrain campaign page on Kickstarter.

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