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About the Flash and Math Website

Welcome to the Flash and Math website! This website was founded by Barbara Kaskosz and Doug Ensley in July 2007. The website evolved from our 2006 - 2008 project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Mathematical Association of America whose purpose was to empower educators in math and sciences to create web-based teaching materials using Adobe Flash. During this project, we developed a collection of ActionScript 3 tutorials and Flash applets for mathematics. In the process, we discovered that our AS3 tutorials were of interest to the general Flash developers' community. After the project ended, we became completely hooked on Flash, and we continue writing AS3 tutorials and creating AS3 effects. Below are the details of that prestigious award:

National Science Foundation Award, NSF DUE-0535327, for the project: Tools and Training for Developers of Mathematics and Science Teaching Materials in Adobe Flash. Award amount: $137,163.- Award duration: January 1, 2006 - June 30, 2008. Kaskosz PI, Ensley co-PI.

We continue using ActionScript 3 and the Flash Platform for creating learning materials for mathematics. Our current interest is focused on mobile development in Adobe AIR. We have just been awarded another National Science Foundation grant:

National Science Foundation Award, NSF DUE-1140299: Math Mobile Apps. Award amount: $174,226. Award duration: January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2014. Ensley PI, Kaskosz and Adams co-PIs.

We remain enthusiastic about developing in AS3 and the Flash Platform. Our focus is on math apps, but we love writing AS3 tutorials and create effects of interest to all AS3 developers.

In July 2009 Dan Gries joined the Flash and Math team. Dan is a mathematician but also a talented designer and programmer. His ActionScript 3 effects are widely popular in the Flash developer's community.

Since we established this website our traffic has been growing fast. Lately we are exceeding 550,000 page views a month and over 200,000 visitors monthly. Our growing stats make us happy and we are glad to be contributing to mathematics education and to the Flash community.

The Flash and Math Team

Barbara Kaskosz
Barbara Kaskosz, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
University of Rhode Island.
Doug Ensley
Doug Ensley, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Shippensburg University.
Dan Gries
Dan Gries, Ph.D.
Mathematics Faculty
Hopkins School
New Haven, Connecticut

Flash and Math received the 2009 ICTCM Award - March 2009

The Flash and Math project that includes the flashandmath.com website and our book featured below has just been honored by the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM) with the 2009 ICTCM Award for Excellence and Innovation with the Use of Technology in Collegiate Mathematics!.

About Our Book

Our workshops and our project gave rise to a book Flash and Math Applets: Learn by Example which is available at amazon.com.

This book is designed for beginners to ActionScript 3 (AS3) programming in the Flash CS3 and Flash CS4 environments. Users of either program will find the AS3 examples to be useful and informative, and there is one chapter devoted exclusively to the new 3D methods available in Flash CS4 for Flash Player 10.

The book is unique in its approach of emphasizing the “timeline programming techniques” that have made Flash development accessible over the years.  Our tiered learning approach starts from scratch and builds each example upon what has come before.  In our conference workshops and one-week courses, we have met many people with a lot of great ideas for applications they would like to build for teaching and learning. The examples in this book have been chosen to reflect the needs and interests of those participants. 

While this book contains a wealth of examples of interest to educators, we also have had a great response from general Flash developers who have found extremely useful our focused examples of functionality and user interface.  Our tutorials have been praised as easy to navigate and put to use, and thorough while staying concise. 
This book offers a step-by-step path to learning essential AS3 programming that is based on these popular tutorials.

We hope you visit often and enjoy our Flash and Math website!


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