Dyscalculia: Here are the gloves that can “teach” multiplication tables

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A pair of special gloves designed to overcome difficulties in doing mathematical calculations, especially in cases of dyscalculia.

What is known as dyscalculia is a brain disorder that affects a child’s ability to recall basic math facts. It manifests itself in the inability to understand numerical symbols and performing mathematical calculations, with serious consequences regarding both the child’s learning ability and self-esteem.

  Finger-counting (photo: Pexels) 
Finger-counting (photo: Pexels)

In regards to this learning disability, during the Health&Care Summer School designer training course, organized by Fab Lab OpenDot, the makers decided to try to design a device capable of helping children who have dyscalculia –  the result Is FI.CO, an acronym for Fingers Counting.

This device is a pair of special gloves designed for pupils aged between 7 and 10 years old (this is the period when children usually learn the multiplication tables at school).


  FI.CO - Fingers Counting
FI.CO – Fingers Counting

The designers started from the assumption that counting with one’s fingers is very useful for learning how to do calculations, in particular, in cases of dyscalculia. Therefore, the designers placed fixed numbers (from 1 to 10) on the back of the glove. On the palm, the pupil is able to see the results of the corresponding multiplications, which are modifiable according to the multiplication table that the pupil is learning.

Thanks to the synergy between playing and learning, children learn mathematical calculations more easily, while simultaneously reducing the state of anxiety and frustration that their difficulty in learning mathematical calculations is prone to augment.


FI.CO – Fingers Counting is among the projects selected by the Maker Faire Rome – the European Edition 2019, the world-famous innovative technology fair that will be held from 18 to 20 October at the Fiera di Roma. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about its function and purpose, its creators, and most of all to discover dozens of incredible inventions; tickets are already on sale!