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Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 19 - Recap

S1 E19: Marco Soares - Standout Student - Why & How I Built MathCrack
Griffin Jaeger
March 10, 2021

This week’s guest is well on his way to becoming a future prime minister.

While the rest of us were catching up on Netflix originals, keeping up with the latest TikTok dances, and learning to bake sourdough bread, he spent his quarantine developing an app.

Meet Marco Soares, 15-year-old developer and creator of MathCrack, an all-in-one smart calculator that can solve math problems a usual calculator can't solve.


MathCrack is customizable, interactive, and a hit amongst his friends at school.

As we move into an increasingly digital era, Marco believes that every student should have the opportunity to learn the basics of programming to connect their passions to our digital world.

In this episode, we chat about topics including:

  • Why and how Marco built MathCrack
  • The struggles he faced along the way, and how he turned these struggles into a learning and growth opportunity
  • The value of project-based and team-based learning
  • Why we should all strive to be lifelong learners

MathCrack is available for download via IOS and Android today! Give it a download and provide Marco with your thoughts and feedback on his newest project.

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