Ava & Trix is a brand new educational app for primary schools (kids aged 8 to 11) that wants to make science fun to learn and easier to teach. It was developed by the startup Curious Cats based in Ghent with funding from, among others, the VAF Game Fund and iMinds.
The app allows pupils to try, delete, modify and try again until they find a solution to all kinds of scientific questions. For example: how do you put out a candle without blowing it or what is the fastest way to melt ice? Students and teachers go on an exciting expedition together, first through the app and afterwards in real life, when they try out the experiments from the stories in the classroom.
Ava and Trix love to go on adventures and are always able to safe the day by using their wits. You could compare them to female versions of MacGyver, as they solve the problems they are faced with by experimenting with the basics of physics and chemistry. Since its launch last month, the app is already being used in more than 200 Flemish schools and Curious Cats hopes that number will rise to 500 by January next year.
The decision to have two female protagonists was a deliberate one. Girls often think that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is somehow not for them. The founders of Curious Cats (which includes several strong and creative women) want to help change this.
Want to find out more about this fabulous app? You can watch the trailer below and/or order an early bird starter pack on their website.