HANDS-ON EQUATIONS CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF MAKING ALGEBRA CHILD'S PLAY
If your 8-year old is solving equation such as 4x + 3 = 3x + 10, it is most likely because they are using Hands-On Equations in school or they are using the app. Borenson and Associates is celebrating its 30th year anniversary of Hands-On Equations and the proof is in the pudding!
Hands-On Equations Deluxe Home Set: $59.95
Class Set of Hands-On Equations for 30 Students: $275
Dr. Henry Borenson, "the man who made algebra child's play," received a patent for Hands-On Equations in 1986. He then started Borenson and Associates in order to disseminate the program nationwide and to provide teacher training. Since that time, he and his colleagues have provided the Making Algebra Child's Play workshop to more than 50,000 educators from grades 3 - 8, who in turn have taught the program to more than a million students.
"In a matter of minutes I can have any 8-year old solve algebraic equations that many 9th graders cannot solve, " says Borenson. "The secret is making the concepts concrete and visual."
Dr. Henry Borenson, Inventor of Hands-On Equations
The system uses pawns to represent the unknown number "x", numbered cubes to represent the constants, and an image of the balance scale on which to represent the equation. The student then uses "legal moves" to simplify the equation by removing an equal number of blue pawns from each side.
The video below shows Eric, age 8, explaining his solution to 4x + 5 = 2x + 13 on the Teacher's Demonstration Balance Scale.
"Hands-On Equations has been enthusiastically received by students, parents, and teachers," says Borenson. "The most common statement we hear from teachers is "I love the program!" The educational write Julia Steiny expresses her delight in what she found as she visited a 5th-grade class using the program in her article, "Fifth graders having a blast with algebra."
More recently, Borenson developed app versions of Hands-On Equations. There is a free version called The Fun Way to Learn Algebra, as well as paid versions: Hands-On Equations 1, 2 and 3 for IOS, Android, and Kindle devices. Hands-On Equations 1 is also available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The apps have obtained an average rating of 4.75.
The Fun Way to Learn Algebra App
One surprise was that many of the five-star reviews came from adults who had not experienced prior success with algebra. For example, one user wrote, "This app taught me in 5 minutes what I could never understand in algebra." Another wrote, "I'm terrified of mathematics and once I practiced with this, it really opened up a whole new world for me and made me feel so comfortable with algebra."
Henry Borenson, Inventor of Hands-On Equations Allentown, PA: November 2016 -For more information on Hands-On Equations or Borenson and Associates, Inc. write to firstname.lastname@example.org