Irish-made app aims to demystify Algebra for children

By: October 11, 2013
Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn with David Collins, founder and CEO of Irish technology startup Rongella Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn with David Collins, founder and CEO of Irish technology startup Rongella

Algebalance is a new, Irish made, educational video game app for iPad. It is aimed at 8-12 year old children who want to learn the basics of algebra before they learn it in school.

“Our economy needs students who have a science, technology and mathematical skill set so it’s important that at an early age, we make learning maths as accessible as possible. In the last two years, whilst the number of students choosing Higher Level Maths has risen by more than 50%, the failure rate for both Higher and Ordinary Level Maths has also increased,” suggests David Collins, CEO of Rongella, the company behind the app.

Collins, has a degree in Computer Science from Trinity College, and has post-graduate degrees in Entrepreneurship from UCD and video game technology from TCD. He’s worked in various Irish game start ups as well as working for over two years as a software engineer in a software development company.

“With Algebalance, we feel we’ve developed an approach that really gets to the heart of what Algebra is about, presenting its core concepts in an intuitive way. The focus is on making learning fun and the traditional symbols of X’s and Y’s are left until much later in the game,” says Collins.

The game is available in the App Store for €4.49.