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Got Math?  We do!

Parents, teachers, and school leaders, Explorations in Math is eager partner with your school to improve attitudes about math. Learn more about our programs and call (206) 325-0774 or e-mail Mary Cropp at mcropp@eimath.org for more information. Please provide your first and last name, e-mail address, phone number, and your school name to help us better serve you.

Mission Statement

Explorations in Math is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a sustainable math culture in elementary school communities.

Vision

Explorations in Math envisions a culture in which all elementary students succeed in math so they can better succeed in life. We firmly believe that all students can be successful in math if teachers, parents, school staff, administrators and concerned community members work together to assist and inspire students to help them see and appreciate the math in their daily lives, in potential careers and in the natural environment.

Helping Math Make Sense

Our programs encourage students to explore, question and experience math by using games, hands-on activities, group projects and technology to further establish math skills and concepts. Adhering to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards (NCTM) and Washington State's Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), we strive to help students enjoy the process of mathematics.

Goals

Our goals are specific:

  1. Create confidence and excitement for math in young children.
  2. Start early in the educational lives of children.
  3. Involve the entire school community, including teachers and parents.

We have a five pronged strategy:

  1. Create high quality programs that adhere to state and national educational standards.
  2. Work inside and outside of the classroom
  3. Offer a variety of fun and interesting out-of-class activities.
  4. Create confident teachers of mathematics
  5. Build programs that can be sustained within a school over the long term.

EIM Programs

  • Math Clubs: Provide an opportunity for students to practice their math skills and conceptual knowledge in a fun, non-intimidating environment.
  • Monthly Math Bulletin Boards: Rally the entire school community together to work on different mathematical challenges each month, which are displayed on an artistically designed bulletin board provided by EIM.
  • Family Math Game Nights: Bring families, students, teachers and administrators together one night per quarter to play math games, teach parents how to engage in fun math activities at home, and have a great time.
  • Summer Math Camp: Minimize the learning loss that students experience over the long summer break by offering fun and engaging two-week long summer day camps focused solely on math. Topics such as Exploring Art and Architecture and History of Numbers are offered annually.
  • Mathematician in Residence: Help teachers build their confidence in math and their repertoire of fun and educational math activities by providing an expert math coach in the school a few hours each week to work directly with teachers in their classrooms.