NYSCI’s Noticing Tools™, a suite of five math and science apps, has been selected as a Science Learning Challenge winner by NewSchools Venture Fund, a philanthropic investor headquartered in Oakland, Calif. NewSchools Ignite supports entrepreneurs working to address the most pressing gaps in K–12 education technology, specifically engaging a broad array of learners in science. The award includes a generous grant, along with business advisory support and access to a team of cognitive scientists focused on applying the latest in learning science to product design. Competition for this program was intense – although more than 100 companies and organizations applied, NYSCI is one of only 15 selected to be part of NewSchools Ignite’s first cohort.
The Noticing Tools™ suite of iPad apps helps students make mathematics discoveries through their own play and compelling and playful design projects. One of the apps in this suite, Playground Physics, was among Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation By Design Award Winners for Data Visualization and was named a Best New App in the worldwide App Store following its launch.