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Innovative instructional program connects eager young minds to success in math

See how Cisco helps MIND Research Institute make math education come alive for over 1.2 million students every year with ST Math®.

Nationwide impact

1.2 million students

56,000 teachers

4300 schools

47 states

Visual software multiplies math success

MIND Research Institute’s ST Math® helps students see the math by tapping into the brain's innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability, which teaches students to solve mathematical problems visually.

By providing problems, situations, and scenarios rich with decision-making and immediate informative feedback, ST Math empowers students to drive their own learning.

ST Math’s research-driven, game-based approach is designed to engage all children equitably— regardless of socioeconomic, linguistic, or cultural backgrounds. Seventy percent of students using ST Math are traditionally underserved, and two-thirds of MIND’s partner schools serve low-income students. The program succeeds because it works with the brain instead of against it, feeding young minds instead of frustrating them.

"In 2018, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of MIND Research Institute. As we look ahead, we continue to build on the foundation of the past toward a future where all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems."

Brett Woudenberg, CEO, and Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., Co-founder & Chief Research and Development Officer, MIND Research Institute

Making math come alive for preK-8 learners

A deep conceptual understanding of math creates the problem-solving foundation on which science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are built. However, less than half of US students are proficient in math by 4th grade.

Math is often taught in a way that focuses on calculations and rote memorization, and many schools don’t have access to resources that offer rich math experiences to students. Cisco is helping MIND to close this “experience gap.”

Before MIND delivered ST Math over the internet, the program reached just 12,000 students. Cisco cash and product grants supported ST Math’s conversion to a web-based format, helping it grow to reach more than one hundred times as many students across the US.

 

Dramatic gains in proficiency

Schools consistently using ST Math outgrew similar schools in statewide rank by 14 percentile points.

Twenty years of innovation

MIND Research Institute has been pursuing innovation in instruction for two decades, developing ways to transform rote learning into real engagement.