New York City-headquartered curriculum and assessment programme provider Amplify has acquired K12 mathematics online learning company Mathigon, a London-based ed tech start-up which develops and publishes tools, activities and courses that help students with mathematics.

Since 2016, Mathigon has provided free content and tools to teachers, students, and parents in more than 20 languages, notably its Polypad product. Mathigon’s courses for middle and high school cover topics such as algebra, geometry, fractals, graph theory, and cryptography. Its courses contain dozens of simulations, animations, games, and interactives, along with a virtual tutor that provides hints and encouragement. Mathigon stated it is used by more than 600,000 students and teachers every month around the world.

Polypad and other Mathigon resources will continue to be freely available and will be integrated into Amplify’s in-development maths programmes.

Larry Berger, chief executive of Amplify, said: “I have almost never seen a product that inspires such pure intellectual delight in children and adults. Delight may be the hardest outcome to achieve in education. Mathigon achieves it over and over again. When we saw the beautiful, easy-to-use tools that the Mathigon team had built, we knew we wanted to help bring them to even more teachers and students across the world. We also knew we wanted the Mathigon technology and team to be part of our journey of creating the highest quality and most delightful math programmrs available.”

Mathigon’s founder and chief executive Philipp Legner will join the Amplify team as vice-president, Mathigon Studio, overseeing enhancements to Mathigon’s offerings and integration of key elements into Amplify’s programmes.

Legner said: “From the very beginning, my goal with Mathigon was to make online learning more interactive and engaging than ever before. Rather than just watching a video and ‘consuming information,’ students should explore, discover, and be creative. Mathematics is both incredibly powerful and surprisingly beautiful, and I want every student to enjoy learning.”

Date published: 14 October 2021

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