Helping Hands: Math Monsters
Senior Thesis Project | May, 2014
For my senior thesis, I chose to approach an information design problem, and created a set of learning materials for a 5th grade math curriculum. I became interested with the idea of instructional design and had a theory that well designed materials could help in the learning process, and could facilitate understanding of complex concepts, especially for those who are visual learners.
Developing the content
I began by using the online tutoring website, Khan Academy, to determine what content was appropriate for that age range, and began exploring different ways to represent these concepts visually.
I chose to use illustrations that would interest kids, but also act as visual anaolgies of the abstract concepts. The monsters were a great medium, since you could alter them any way you want! The final products were visual aids to be hung in classrooms or homes, as well as a workbook. I'd like to someday explore this concept further, diving deeper into education research to help inform the products.