We pair middle and high school students with elementary students in weekly sessions and build fact fluency and confidence in math concepts through math games. We have been successful in making math fun and accessible to all our students. They look forward to their weekly sessions of playing math games with their “math buddies” as they call us. We hold a much loved Math Carnival twice a year for students to rotate through different math stations and win prizes.
In addition to our weekly sessions, we have also introduced other signature programs like Maker Workshops, Scratch and MathUnboxed.
We were excited to develop and introduce a new maker workshop for our students in partnership with ZeroUI. Our fifth graders through the workshop were the first class to build Ziro, the award wining robotics kit that lets users control the robotics with their hands.
We were the first to teach Scratch (a programing language developed by the MIT Media Lab) to students at Mariano Castro Elementary School and Crittenden Middle School. We hold Family Viewing Parties so families can be involved as kids learn to code. We also created MathUnboxed- take home math games for underserved and at-risk elementary students in our communities.
In the wake of Covid19, we have worked to provide opportunities for students to create B4M goodie bags, math online content, graphics and design modules, reading program and a newsletter.