It is great fun when you have precocious grandchildren who have creative and inventive minds. One of my grandkids is really into word search puzzles. He loves finding the names of states, or capitals, or astronomy words, or anything else that might be the theme of a word search puzzle. But the gears in that creative mind started spinning one day and he created a search type of puzzle with numbers. The gist of the idea was to write an array of random numbers on graph paper and then pick a random target number and try to find numbers in the array that add up to the target number. This concept gave birth to an iOS and tvOS app named Target 10.
The screen above shows the main game board for Target 10. The object of Target 10 is to earn 10 stars by finding sets of numbers in the grid that add up to the target number.
Target 10 offers four levels. On an iPad simply tap the Settings icon and then from a screen similar to the one show below, choose a level. If you are using Apple TV you swipe to get to the Settings Icon and then swipe and click to choose a level.
Automatically a new puzzle is generated at the level you selected. Study the puzzle to find chains of numbers that add up to the target number. There’s a fun little twist. The position of any two numbers can be switched. When you can’t find any more sets of numbers to make the target sum, try using the Switch icon to move numbers. To do a switch tap the Switch icon and then navigate to the two numbers whose positions you want to switch. If you are still stuck, you can tap the New Board icon for a new grid.
Switch Icon New Board Icon
Continue finding sets of numbers that add up to the target number until you have earned 10 stars.
In designing this app I wanted to motivate elementary age students to get quicker at mental math. It is my intention that by using Target 10 on your iOS device or Apple TV you will be able to engage students problem solving and strategic thinking activities that they will enjoy. The tvOS version of Target 10 offers the same great features as the iOS version, and additionally can be controlled using tvOS compatible game controllers so maybe the kids will think they are playing a video game.
Target 10 is available with a volume discount for educational institutions. Target 10 is available worldwide exclusively through the Apple’s App Store. It also available through Apple’s volume purchase program. Schools get a significant discount when purchasing multiple copies of Target 10. Contact Apple Education for more information about the volume purchase program. Please visit Ventura Educational Systems’ website for more information about this and other iOS and tvOS apps for education.