Amir Kalra started falling in math class and he managed to build an app to do his math homework.
But it wasn’t because he couldn’t handle it. Kalra, now 16, had been transferred to a new school where he was put into an algebra class he had already taken. And by the time he convinced his mom to put him back in the old school, he was halfway behind in geometry, a subject he wasn’t familiar with.
But it is not because he was weak because he couldn’t handle it. Kalra is a 16-year-old kid who had been transferred to a new school where he was put into an algebra class he already taken. By the time he managed to convince his mom to put him back to the old school, he was halfway behind the geometry, a subject he was not familiar with.
“I started struggling,” Kalra told Business Insider. “I was on my own. I didn’t know anyone in the class.”
Many kids would have given up and resigned themselves to summer school, or maybe even studied extra hard just to get by.
But Kalra is the kid who decided to build an app to do his math homework for him.
The coding of ‘6284 Calc’
Kalra started working its iOS app named 6284 Calc and It is not like any other traditional app you’ve ever seen.
This app is made to specifically take the guesswork out of algebra, geometry, calculus and some other topics, by allowing users to input the value into the given formulas and this app will do the rest and provide you steps to get it there. It is available in-app purchase of $1.99
“What if this app just does the work for them?” Kalra asked of students who may be struggling like he was, thinking they might just skip homework. “They just have to spend five minutes a day entering values. It’s better than turning in nothing.”
He managed to complete the code of this app in four months after he began and then released 6284 Calc — the numbers represent M-A-T-H on a telephone keypad.
“Every time I learn something in class, the first thing I do instead of doing the homework, I would actually go work on it in the app first,” he said.
Since the apps are released it has been downloaded 30,000 times, Kalra has done little marketing other than to text all his friends to try it.
It also caught the attention of Apple, which invited him to attend the Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this year.
For a teenager who can download some books and just figure things out, that calculation may turn out to be just right.