The ROY G. BIV Math System was created by FIRST LEGO League Team Storm as part of the 2014 World Class season. The ROY G. Math System is an app designed to improve the way children challenged with dyslexia learn new math concepts so they don’t stress over flipping or rearranging digits in a number. Most people think of dyslexia as a reading problem, but the team learned that 50-60% of children with dyslexia also struggle with math. In their app, a color-coded system keeps digits in place when children do any kind of math operation. The system uses the rainbow color order so children will recognize if they unintentionally move digits because the familiar ROY G. BIV pattern will also be out of order. By assigning a unique color to each place value, it is easier for a child with dyslexia to keep digits lined up correctly. The app was originally designed to help children with dyslexia, but it would be useful to any child who struggles with place value.
Team Storm was inspired to help children with dyslexia after seeing Henry Winkler speak at the beginning of their FLL season. After hearing his childhood stories, the team agreed that they needed to help children with dyslexia so they would never feel the shame and embarrassment Mr. Winkler felt as a child.
In June 2015, Team Storm traveled to Alexandria, VA where they won the FIRST Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE for their ROY G. BIV Math System. Your support will allow the team to develop, market and patent their idea. Let's get the ROY G. Math System in the hands of children who need it.