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New $martPath program launches in February

Students in Taos and Santa Fe to learn the real-life applications of math with an award-winning program.
February 1, 2018
real-life applications of math

The $martPath program is free, aligned to New Mexico state education standards, and flexible enough to tailor to different grade levels and skill sets.
Many students (and adults) shy away from math because they deem it “too difficult.” Yet, it’s almost impossible to function as a grownup if you don’t know how to pay your bills, save for retirement, or seek the best interest rate on a loan.

By getting children to use numbers in a practical way—early in their learning careers—there is a better chance to integrate math and numbers more easily into their vocabularies.

One of the advantages of the $martPath program being rolled out this month is the relatability of the storylines built into the work that involves engaging real-world situations and makes the math meaningful. It also incorporates things like prioritization, understanding profit and loss, and asking students if they really need the most expensive “sprinkles” on their ice cream.

Designed for kids—and teachers

The program is headed by the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center and was initially developed with input from teachers in Ohio. The $martPath program is free, aligned to New Mexico state education standards, and flexible enough to tailor to different grade levels and skill sets. Modules for the program extend from the first through the eighth grades.

And, as an incentive to learn about and use the program, teachers who attend the hour-long training later this month at the Bradbury Science Museum will receive an Amazon gift card for $50. And, as another incentive, they’ll receive an additional $50 gift card if they take the coursework back and implement it in the classroom.

Assessments built into the program allow teachers to learn about how well the students are progressing through the lessons. In addition to math skills, the students also get to apply logical thinking, planning for the future, and the development of other social skills.

Regional supporters for the program include the Nusenda Credit Union and the Bradbury Science Museum Association.

The program was awarded “Excellence in Financial Literacy Education’s Children’s Education Program of the Year (2016)” and the Platinum Award in 2016 by the National Association of Economic Educators.

You can learn more about $martPath here or contact Andre J. Trottier, President of the Bradbury Science Museum Association at trottier@newmexico.com.