Welcome to Vertical Learning Labs!

We are a small startup dedicated to revolutionizing education. We specialize in the development of innovative tools and curriculum that empower and encourage middle school students to build and apply conceptual understanding in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory: Place Value is a fun educational game where players explore and apply place value concepts as they work to fulfill and deliver increasingly complex cookie orders. Chemistry from the Ground Up and Place Value from the Ground Up are interactive multitouch textbooks in the “From the Ground Up” series that engage students in multiyear investigations, building conceptual frameworks in middle school chemistry and elementary place value, respectively.

Our next two products will be interactive multitouch textbooks focusing on sixth-grade Common Core math standards for area and algebra. The area textbook will be based on our Drawing Area interactive, which recently won the WGBH Innovation Math Challenge and is part of the PBS LearningMedia Math at the Core: Middle School Collection. The algebra textbook will help students build solid foundations in order of operations, integers, functions, solving equations, simplifying expressions, and solving algebraic word problems.

We are also working on Petri Dish, a cell biology game where players learn about transport, metabolic networks, genomes, reproduction, and control systems as they design bacteria cells and release them in simulated chemical environments; and partnering with Computing Explorations to develop an introductory high school computer science course, called Teaching a Robot How to Dance, that is based on robotics and behavior-based programming.

 

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