Based in UK
17th March, 2016
iOS (iPad & iPhone)
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*SPECIAL NOTE ON TIMINGS*
To celebrate the involvement of children with Down Syndrome in the co-design and testing of Millie Moreorless, the app was released to coincide with World Down Syndrome Day on Monday 21 March.
The Amazing Adventures of Millie Moreorless is a learning game for iPad and iPhone, aimed at children aged 5-12. It has been designed with children with Down Syndrome to ensure that it is fun, engaging and accessible for players of all abilities – a truly inclusive game. This is the first in a planned series of apps designed to give players of all abilities a strong foundation for learning maths.
Millie Moreorless is a space adventurer exploring beautiful alien planets on the outer reaches of our universe by altering their landscape. If Millie comes to a trough, the player must add a block(s) to raise the ground to Millie's level. If she arrives at a peak, the player must remove a block(s) to lower the ground. Players can add or remove blocks by choosing between two arrays containing different quantities of dots. If the player chooses the array with more dots, a block is added. If an array with fewer dots is selected, a block is taken away.
Millie Moreorless offers five different worlds to explore with beautiful artwork by Nick Stoney, a free play area inside Millie’s rucksack and original soundtrack by composer Sam Swallow from celebrated English pop rock band, The Hoosiers.
‘The Amazing Adventures of Millie Moreorless’ demonstrates how technology can make learning maths fun and empowering for children with learning disabilities
The Amazing Adventures of Millie Moreorless is an innovative new game for iPad and iPhone co-designed with children with Down Syndrome to ensure that it is inclusive and accessible for players of all abilities. As they help the space adventurer Millie Moreorless explore beautiful alien planets, players practise and develop their basic number sense. Supported by leading Tech for Good funder Nominet Trust, the game provides a fun and visually stimulating learning environment, with a gentle difficulty curve, clear progression and lots of collectable rewards.
The game is based on pioneering scientific research in the field of Magnitude, our instinctive ability to identify whether one quantity is ‘more or less’ than another – without counting. This ability is believed by some scientists to be the foundation of all subsequent maths learning. However, research has revealed that children with Down Syndrome often experience significant developmental delays in this area. By helping players improve their magnitude sense, its creators believe their game will lay a foundation for children to learn the maths skills they will need to be independent in adult life.
Millie Moreorless is the first app from brother and sister team Will Jessop and Cara Jessop, co-founders of new accessible game design company Enabling Play. Children of all abilities and their parents have been at the very heart of the project from the start, sharing their opinions, imaginations and values throughout the design process, and testing iterative prototypes of the game to ensure that it is fun and accessible. This inclusive, participatory design is a key principle of Enabling Play.
Cara Jessop and Will Jessop, the co-founders of Enabling Play, say “Designing Millie Moreorless has been an incredibly rewarding experience. We believe that by allowing ourselves to be led by the young people themselves, we have created a game that is fun, engaging and inclusive. It is so important to bring players of all abilities into the mainstream. If we can help children with Down Syndrome get better at maths and lay the foundation for greater independence in adult life, then we will all benefit as a society.”
Vicki Hearn, Director, Nominet Trust says, “Nominet Trust provides grant funding to demonstrate the potential of the internet and digital technologies as a force for social good, particularly in providing opportunities and access to those who need it most. We’re delighted that our support for Millie Moreorless has helped to bring it to launch. We’ve been impressed by the evidenced approach used in the development of this innovative game, which will offer a fun and engaging way for the estimated 12,000 children with Down Syndrome in the UK to learn vital numerical skills, helping them to gain greater independence later in life.”
Millie Moreorless was developed in partnership with the BAFTA-nominated creative studio Made in Me and Dr Jill Porter from the University of Reading, who is using the game to conduct much-needed research into how children with Down Syndrome learn. The project initially received R&D funding and support from the REACT Play Sandbox.
Dr Jill Porter, University of Reading says “This is an important and unique opportunity to investigate how children respond to mathematical information in different learning contexts and to tailor resources to meet their needs. Our research has highlighted that learning maths does not have to be hard work. New technologies combined with creativity can be very effective in raising the achievements of children who struggle to understand abstract concepts.”
NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY : When referring to people who have Down's Syndrome, the advice is always to put the person first, not the syndrome. There is a brief guide from the Down's Syndrome Association here which we find helpful :) http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/about/terminology-guide/
Dropbox link to download images here: bit.ly/1WkzYTA
ABOUT ENABLING PLAY
Enabling Play is a new accessible games design studio dedicated to creating playful apps for children with learning difficulties. Its founders, brother and sister team Cara Jessop and Will Jessop, were inspired to develop Millie Moreorless by their brother Tommy Jessop, a pioneering actor with Down's Syndrome. We believe the best games are not only fun, but good for us too, so are building key developmental skills into the heart of our design. We are passionate advocates for the importance of inclusive, participatory co-design, as we believe that this is in itself empowering for young people with learning disabilities.
Will Jessop is as a filmmaker and playwright known for his work with the learning disabled adult actors of Blue Apple Theatre. Growing Up Down’s, his BBC3 documentary about Blue Apple’s touring production of Hamlet, was recently nominated for an International Emmy and has won the Creative Diversity Network Award for Groundbreaking Programme. Cara is also a filmmaker - an emerging talent with a special interest in social and environmental issues around the world. This is the first time she and Will have worked together, and the first time they have designed a game.
Cara & Will Jessop - Play design & art direction
Made in Me - Development
Steve Taylor & Ingrid Dahl-Olsen - Code Development
Nick Stoney - Illustration & animation
Sam Swallow - Original soundtrack
Dr. Jill Porter & Sarah King - Research & learning advisors