THE ORIGINAL Computer Math Baseball Game
The original Batter Up math game was created in 1982
The first version was a cardboard game developed by a student teacher for a 5th-grade classroom.
The objective of the baseball-themed math game was to improve the speed and accuracy of basic math facts.
The second version was developed for the computer during the 1980s
Copyrighted in 1992, the computer DOS version was shared in many classrooms.
Bulletin boards on the “pre-Internet” were used to distribute via shareware and freeware.
The development of the Windows version of Batter Up began in 2000.
It included four math modes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
The Windows version was uploaded to a web server in 2003 to conduct the research study.
The participants in the study (teachers and students) requested to use it again in 2004.
In 2005 the Batter Up Tournament was shared in several states across the USA.
The Start of the National Math Bee
In 2006 the non-profit National Math Bee was established.
It used the tested and proven Batter Up Tournament structure.
The National Math Bee platform was now available to all 50 US states.
And has continued to serve the USA until 2020.
In the later years of the tournament, students from different countries began to participate.
The International Math Bee (IMB) is another major revision to this math-based baseball game.
Team play has been enhanced within the platform.
All programming has been rewritten to leverage current technology.
The game standards of play have been upgraded to include math facts through 100.
Of course, now classrooms and students from all over the world may participate.