UMIGO is an innovative transmedia world of invention designed to engage children ages 5 -8 in the exploration of mathematical ideas and concepts in fun and engaging ways. Along with a cool and quirky cast of characters named Bit, Dizzy & Bean, children navigate the world of UMIGO through an interactive website, mobile apps, music videos, print and e-books, and board games. UMIGO brings to kids’ attention to real-world math examples through constructivist play, which is the process of learning through interaction.
UMIGO is a research-based property that leverages the positive potential of digital media content. UMIGO is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards for math learning to ensure that its use fosters the same skills and knowledge children use in their classrooms, enhancing their formal education. The UMIGO learning goals in mathematics include concepts, skills, and reasoning methods designed to facilitate development in five critical learning areas: Numbers and Numbers Sense, Measurement, Spatial Reasoning, Geometry and Algebraic Thinking.
Funded through the Ready To Learn initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, UMIGO is being developed, researched and disseminated through a partnership of WTTW Chicago, DHX Media, The Michael Cohen Group, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
The UMIGO Partnership is at the forefront of advancing research on how children use and learn from interactive, media-based games and tools. During the development of each UMIGO product, research partner The Michael Cohen Group (MCG) conducts rigorous scientific research to provide feedback for product refinement and to establish strong evidence of UMIGO’s educational effectiveness.
The UMIGO Partnership is building a network of national and regional outreach partners for the dissemination of UMIGO that includes children’s museums, libraries, home visiting programs, and community- and faith-based organizations. Low-income families can connect with UMIGO products at no cost through participating organizations in their communities. UMIGO products are delivered in discrete educational units and accompanied by additional guides and supporting learning materials as well as activities and guides for parents to use at home with their children.
UMIGO is looking for new outreach partners and sites to help connect products to families and professionals across the county. Partners receive UMIGO products and support materials and are aided in program implementation by CMOM and WTTW Chicago. For more information, email us at email@example.com.