We are committed to offering evidence-based instructional tools and easy to implement curriculum to help develop transferable skills like critical thinking and problem solving. We encourage educators, looking for innovative methods to support and improve student math skills, to participate in the Abacus Project's full program designed for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students.
Why the Abacus?
Research shows that consistent practice on the soroban (Japanese abacus) improves math fluency, accuracy and speed, concentration, and creativity. Use of the soroban stimulates right-brain thinking maximizing learning outcomes through a multi-sensory experience. Our objective at The Abacus Project is to use this evidence-based instructional tool to measurably dismantle the achievement gap in under-resourced communities.
“The abacus is very useful and will work so well with our students” – District of Columbia School Teacher after attending The Abacus Project Professional Development Workshop
By the Numbers
Teachers rated the program 4.8/5 when asked if the program improved students’ proficiency in math. They also rated the program 5/5 on its effectiveness in introducing students to the abacus and fostering creativity.
On average 89% of students at our Mott Center Pilot program saw an increase in math fluency over the course of the program.
Since 2015, TDF has contributed a total of $23,745 to organizations that support STEM education, provide scholarships, and serve the community.
How to Get Involved
Bring the Abacus Project to your classroom by participating in an upcoming Professional Development session.
Participate in one of our Virtual DIY Abacus Making Events to learn how to make your own abacus.
Host an Abacus Project Pilot program at your school or as an afterschool activity.
Subscribe to the Abacus Project to get the latest updates and check out our upcoming events.
Sign up for an upcoming event.
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