United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona presented its first ever $5,000 Social Impact Prize to GraphLock, a patent-pending and affordable calculator app created to support equality in math education.
The app turns a student’s smartphone, tablet or laptop into a fully functioning scientific and graphing calculator, eliminating the need for students to buy the expensive calculators required in high school and college math classes.
Mallory Dyer, the founder and CEO of GraphLock and a math professor at Central Arizona College, accepted the prize at the TENWEST Festival in October.
“As a math professor, I witnessed many of my students could not afford the required calculator, and I couldn’t stand seeing them struggle, drop and fail the class,” Dyer said. “This created inequality in my classroom.”
The app includes a lockdown mode that prevents students from accessing other phone functions (internet, texting, etc.) and that teachers can start and stop during class or exams.
GraphLock has launched a crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo. Donors can either pre-order the app for $5 or donate $5 to fund a free download for a low-income student or school.
For more information about GraphLock, visit www.graphlockapp.com.
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