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Puzzlets Art & Math Add-on Games

New STEAM add-on games need your help to be manufactured.

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

 

 

These new add-on games are compatible with the current Play Tray hardware. Just download the new games and use the appropriate Puzzlets tiles for additional fun and learning! 
Software for both add-on games, Abacus Finch (math) and Swatch Out (art), is complete--even submitted to the app stores for all compatible platforms for review purposes--but we need your help to manufacture each game's unique Puzzlets tiles.  Puzzlets has been in Toys R Us and Amazon for about one year, bundled with our first game, Cork the Volcano (coding). We now want to fulfill the promise of a STEAM platform by getting new games into the wild.

 

 
Review of Both Games by ActOutGames

Compatible Devices  newer iOS & Android devices, and Mac computers with OSX 10.8+. Not compatible with Windows, Chromebooks, Kindle Fire, or RCA Voyager devicesSee full compatibility list >

Puzzlets is a hardware accessory that connects to your tablet, phone, or Mac computer for playing games that focus on STEAM topics, such as: coding, math, and art.  To play any Puzzlets game, you need the Play Tray and Puzzlets tiles. Each set of Puzzlets tiles is unique to that game.

All Puzzlets games can be enjoyed by one or two children, ages 6+. While Puzzlets emphasizes STEAM skills, it also fosters "soft" or "21st century" skills that are just as important by having children cooperate to conquer each level. If you've never heard of this product before, this is the video for you:

  

Read reviews by the above websites >
Watch Puzzlets Starter Pack Review by ActOutGames >

 

 

 

 

Why did we create a math game? Teachers reported to us that students struggle in math the most with composition of numbers. For example, students often think "7" is composed of "3 + 4" but don't realize there are many combinations, such as "1 + 6" or "5 + 2". Focusing on each number's varied compositions is the basis for Abacus Finch. Each level takes a different number from 1 to 20 and explores:

  • Composition of each number through addition
  • Composition of each number through subtraction
  • Counting by 2's, 3's, and 5's up to 20
  • Light-algebraic thought process

 

 

 

Credit: Kathy White, Teacher at Marysville School District, WA

Credit: Kathy White, Teacher at Marysville School District, WA

 

Credit: Maureen Andersen, Teacher at Brentwood School District, PA

Credit: Maureen Andersen, Teacher at Brentwood School District, PA

  

 

 

Why did we create an art game? Teachers reported to us that students struggle in art the most with composition of colors. For example, students often think "pink" is composed of random colors or that pink is its own color, instead of pink being a mixture of red and white. Each world in the game takes a introductory color theory and explores all of its properties, displaying the name of each color mixed every time for visual recognition of:

  • Primary colors
  • Secondary colors
  • Tints/Shades
  • Warm/Cool colors

 

 

 

 

Credit: Kathy White, Teacher at Marysville School District, WA

Credit: Kathy White, Teacher at Marysville School District, WA

 

Credit: (left) Stanley Whiteman, Assistant Principal at Duquesne City School District, PA. (right) Heather Mallak, Owner at Public Studio, PA

Credit: (left) Stanley Whiteman, Assistant Principal at Duquesne City School District, PA. (right) Heather Mallak, Owner at Public Studio, PA

 

 

 

 

                         

 

                                  

 

 

 

 

Jan 30 - Feb 27  Kickstarter campaign runs 
March 1 - April 14  Mold creation (China); Order raw materials: NFC Inlays, Stickers, Pouches, Boxes
April 15 - May 31  Manufacturing of pieces and assembly (China)
June 1 - July 31  Ocean shipment from China to California warehouse*
August 1  Begin order processing & shipment

*Two months for boat shipping is very generous and will probably take less time, but we built in this buffer in case of any delays

 

 

  • Erin Cawley  Educational Consultant, Digital Literacy Teacher in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jacob Hanchar, PhD  Sales, Business Development, Social Media Manager
  • Matt Stewart  Electronics Engineer, CAD Modeler, Manufacturing Manager
  • Justin Sabo  Game Designer & Producer for both games
  • Bryan Gardiner  Programmer for Abacus Finch
  • Dylan Rinker  Environmental Artist for Abacus Finch
  • Aaron Clark (not pictured)  Lead Artist & Animator for both games
  • Louis Moon (not pictured)  Programmer for Swatch Out
  • Lexi Mikula (not pictured)  Marketing Intern, Sender of many demo games to bloggers & teachers

 

Directed & Edited by  Andy Kelemen
Mom  Gayle Pazerski
Daughter  Haven Lowe 
Erin Cawley  Herself

Produced by  Jacob Hanchar, Matt Stewart, Justin Sabo 
Written by  Justin Sabo 
Lighting  Glenn Syska 
Sound  Nathaniel Robinson

Special Thanks

Alloy 26 co-working space in Pittsburgh, PA (for providing the filming location), Mike Woycheck, Julie Ehrenberger, Maureen Frew and her Kindergarten Class at Avonworth Elementary, Heather Mallack, Salvation Army & Goodwill (for all those wonderful props), Desiree Hanchar, Dani Belko, Keri Harkleroad, Tim & Tori, and all of our wonderful play testers

 

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