Mathland: Play with math in mixed reality


Mina Khan

Mina Khan


Mathematical experiences are intrinsic to our everyday lives, yet mathematics education is mostly confined to textbooks. Seymour Papert used the term "Mathland" to propose a world where one would learn mathematics as naturally as one learns French while growing up in France. We built a mixed reality application that augments the physical world with interactive mathematical concepts and annotations to create a real-life Mathland. Using Mathland, people can collaboratively explore, experience, and experiment with mathematical phenomena in their real, physical environments using tangible objects. Mathland opens up new opportunities for mathematical learning using Papert's constructionist principles in an immersive environment that affords situated learning, embodied interaction and playful constructionism.