Maplesoft™ (Waterloo, Canada) has announced a major new initiative to support teaching and learning. The Möbius Project makes it easy to create rich, interactive mathematical applications, share them with everyone and grade them to assess understanding.
Using Maple, available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), instructors can easily create interactive mathematical applications that help their colleagues and students solve problems, visualise solutions and explore concepts. These applications are then shared with everyone through The Möbius Project, where they can be freely accessed for use in the classroom and for independent learning. These applications are also gradable by Maple T.A., the testing and assessment system from Maplesoft, giving instructors a whole new way to measure and deepen students’ understanding.
“As a long-time Maple user, I am very excited about The Möbius Project,” said Dr Douglas Meade, Department of Mathematics, University of South Carolina. “Now I will be able to share the work I prepare in Maple with others and see the types of resources other Maple users will create and share through The Möbius Project. I hope that bringing Möbius content to the attention of my students will let them explore mathematics in ways they are extremely comfortable with – through online apps. I am also particularly excited about the possibilities of having gradable maths apps that can easily measure students’ understanding in a manner that isn’t possible now.”
“Instant access to online tools and information is arguably triggering the biggest paradigm shift in mathematics education since the calculator,” says Dr Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice President, R&D, Maplesoft. “More than ever before our customers are looking for new ways to explore concepts and assess understanding, not just perform calculations. The Möbius Project is designed to help educators thrive in this new world.”
The Möbius Project brings together many Maplesoft technologies to support every step of the experience. Maple is used as the authoring environment for the interactive applications and Maple T.A. grades them. Users can interact with the applications using a web browser. MapleNet provides the mathematical power behind The Möbius Project web site to perform the computations. Users can also run the applications directly on their own computer by using Maple or the free Maple Player.
The Möbius Project is now in a pilot phase and more information about the project and an application to join the pilot programme are available at: https://www.adeptscience.co.uk/products/mathsim.
The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.
Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.
Maplesoft’s core technology is the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine, which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A.™, a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.
Maplesoft also introduced a fundamental shift in technical education through its Clickable Math™ and Clickable Engineering™ initiatives. The idea behind this shift is to create technology that will allow students and teachers to focus on the concepts, not the tool. These initiatives deliver powerful mathematics through visual, interactive point-and-click methods in Maple, while the intuitive physical modeling environment of MapleSim helps teachers to quickly demonstrate the connection between modeling concepts and the underlying mathematical theory.
Over 90% of advanced research institutions and universities worldwide, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy, have adopted Maplesoft solutions to enhance their education and research activities. In industry Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, Toyota, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Motorola, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, consumer products, and entertainment.
About Adept Scientific plc
Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at https://www.adeptscience.co.uk; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.