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For Kids... Math Instead of Chat?

Techstination feature for Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Making summer computer use by the kids worthwhile. Bloomberg Bootcamp, a report on today's technology. Kids love to use computers. AOL chat sessions and games may occupy most of their time ... but all is not necessarily lost. The StudyWorks line on math and science software from MathSoft... has been winning a lot of fans among parents... teachers... .and even, believe it or not, kids... .

"We've done a lot of surveys with our user base. Over 80 percent of our math and science users have told us they're satisfied or very satisfied with the software. They definitely use it. We have a tremendous amount of traffic coming to our Web site from schools and from home."

MathSoft CEO Chris Randles. Just introduced is software designed for middle school students. But some of the best of what the company has to offer is free, at It answers that age old question... .why do I need to know math... . by providing real world examples. There's homework help as well... a big plus for parents who may not be up to speed in helping with algebra, trig or calculus...

"The technology will help them understand the concepts. If they want to apply it, it will help them to lay out their problems, think them through and above all, because it's all interactive, they're never going to make a calculation error."

Can the excitement of equations lure kids away from chat rooms and games? Probably not. But it's worth a try. Bloomberg Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin.