Mathstronauts receives $179,000 ABACUS grant

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Forge company Mathstronauts has been granted the ABACUS grant and will receive a total of $179,000 over the next three years in funding to continue developing emerging after-school programs promoting interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

ABACUS focuses on improving the academic, community and environmental factors that most directly affect a student’s likelihood of continuing his or her education. The ABACUS goal is to improve high-school graduation rates and access to post-secondary education, including trades and apprenticeship opportunities, by focusing on the “middle-school years”: Grades 6, 7, 8 and transition to 9.

ABACUS funding will sustain Mathstronauts’ expansion plan over the next three years, including salary costs for a Program Manager as well as subsidies for selected schools and some overhead. With this very exciting news, the Mathstronauts team will be preparing to reach out to more schools over the next few weeks and are scheduled to pitch the program at an upcoming meeting on November 15where they will share the vision of Mathstronauts with principals who may be interested in getting the program started at their schools.

If you’re interested in volunteering for or teaching at a Mathstronauts program, you can get in touch with the team at www.mathstronauts.ca.

Congratulations to Mathstronauts!