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David Whitebread, Ph.D.

Chief Education Advisor

Dr. Whitebread, had been the Acting Director (External Relations), Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL), in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Dr. Whitebread worked in many areas of educational research in the 2000s. Dr. Whitebread has more than 30 yeas of research experience in children learning through play. He is one of the founding members of the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Whitebread is also a consultant advising many educational institutions in different parts of the world to improve their early childhood learning programmes. Dr. David Whitebread will be advising the pedagogy, curriculum and the assessment of our software. He also writes the content of the games with our Mathematics Consultant, Ms Penny Coltman.

To know more about Dr. David Whitebread, visit here.

Lorna Ayton, Ph.D. 

Mathematics Advisor

Dr. Ayton is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in the Waves research group at the University of Cambridge. She uses theoretical models to predict the sound generated by solid bodies in unsteady flows. Currently, her work concentrates on applications to aircraft noise, and along with colleagues in the Engineering Department at the University of Southampton she is developing new designs for reduced-noise aeroengines. Dr. Ayton was admitted to Churchill College, University of Cambridge, in 2007 to study B.A. Math, followed by Part III Math, and then for a Ph.D. in Math which she completed in 2014. Dr. Ayton will give us advice to ensure that mathematics is well-applied in our games and that learning math can be fun and rewarding!

Simone Teufel, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor

Professor Teufel is a full Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences and Technology in the University of Cambridge. Prof. Teufel has twenty years of research experience in information and languages, and in particular, natural language processing and computational linguistics. Prof. Teufel will be advising our project on the application of natural language processing (NLP) technologies to our games and software.

Chris Doran, Ph.D.

Game and Strategic Advisor

Dr. Doran is the Director of Studies at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. Previously, Dr. Doran was Director Research Collaborations and Entrepreneur in Residence at ARM. Prior to his appointment at ARM, he was the Founder and the COO of Geomerics, a company specialising in graphics. 

Academically, Dr. Doran has published widely on subjects in mathematical physics and is the author of a major textbook on geometric algebra. To learn more about geometric algebra and Dr. Doran's research interests, please visit his research website: geometry.mrao.cam.ac.uk

Patricia C. Kenschaft, Ph.D.

Mathematics Consultant

Prof. Kenschaft is a Professor Emerita of Mathematics at Montclair State University (MSU) in New Jersey for 32 years. During that time she won fourteen grants for a program to help elementary school teachers in nine New Jersey school districts. In that program, she taught dozens of third-grade math lessons. Before joining the MSU faculty, she was a high school teacher for one year before shifting to become a teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where she finished her Ph.D. degree in Mathematics. Prof. Kenschaft also started a still-continuing cooperative nursery school in Concord, Massachusetts. Among many social and professional associations that she founded or co-founded, she has served as the President of the Association of Women in Mathematics, New Jersey Section, and has been the President of American Association of University Professors of New Jersey. Prof. Kenschaft has been named as a Life Time Achiever by Marquis’ “Who’s Who” as a leader in the field of education. She is the mother of a daughter and a son in their fifties who love mathematics.

Penny Coltman

Early Childhood Educational Consultant

Penny accumulated wide experience throughout the range of early years education as a teacher and consultant before engaging in an academic career focusing on initial teacher training. She has worked widely with educational publishers, including, BBC worldwide, and acts as an early years consultant. Penny’s work includes games and practical classroom resources to support the teaching of early mathematics, and primary science and mathematics resources for use on interactive whiteboards. Her two practical resources supporting the teaching of early mathematics, produced as a collaborative project between two major publishers, won national awards. Penny’s research interests include the development of mathematical metalanguage in young children, scientific conceptual development, classroom talk and self-regulation in relation to very young children. Penny currently lectures at the University of Cambridge in Early Years Education and in 2007 Penny was awarded a prestigious Pilkington Prize by the University of Cambridge in recognition of her contributions to Early Years teacher education.