Agent Cayley – the iOS Google Cardboard app that teaches algebra

We write about the use of Virtual Reality for non-gaming applications.


Agent Cayley is, hopefully, the “killer math game app” of 2016. A

gent Cayley, custom built for iPhone & Google Cardboard, will engage students in a virtual reality iOS app while delivering and assessing the entire Common Core Algebra 1 curriculum. Each episode consists of the player immersed in a virtual reality environment where s/he solves crimes using mathematics. It is based on Henry Pollak’s belief that the application comes first, and the math comes later.

Hence users play a LOT, and long before any math comes into the scene. Yet at the end of each episode, there will be measurable outcomes based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Algebra 1. If Agent Cayley is built to completion, it will deliver, and assess the learner on, EVERY TOPIC COVERED BY THE ALGEBRA 1 COURSE.

Agent Cayley – Episode 1 is the first “unit” of this course and will teach students how to solve linear equations, how to solve systems of linear equations, how to perform matrix operations, and how to solve systems of linear equations using matrices. The context is that Agent Cayley is investigating a murder where the suspect leaves a series of clues in the form of secret codes. The codes get harder and harder to decipher, and as a result students must, in effect, solve linear equations to get the final clues to the mystery.

Right now you can download a FREE demo of Agent Cayley, and if you like it, please consider donating money on Kickstarter ( so that we can finish what we have started.

We write about the use of Virtual Reality for non-gaming applications.