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Hyundai funds new math lab at Fountain Valley school

Robert Gisler Elementary cuts ribbon on lab, which features MIND Research Institute’s ST Math programs

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: December 18, 2012 02:30 PM

Hyundai Motor America partnered with the Fountain Valley School District last Thursday to celebrate the opening of the new Hyundai ST Math Lab at Robert Gisler Elementary with a student assembly and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Hyundai Motor America funded the creation of the lab with a $46,000 gift to the school.

Marc Ecker, superintendent of the Fountain Valley School District, expressed appreciation and gratitude for the gift. "We are thrilled and very appreciative of the continued support the Fountain Valley School District receives from Hyundai Motor America. Their contributions to our ST Math program have provided additional resources for our students, enabling them to meet the rigorous California State Standards in mathematics."

The new lab will provide the more than 500 students at Gisler Elementary with new software programs aimed at making math appealing and fun. The lab will employ the Santa Ana-based MIND Research Institute’s Spatial Temporal (ST) Math education program, which brings an innovative new approach to math education, with the goal of increasing students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math –– the STEM curriculum. The lab will feature programs with JiJi, an interactive, instructional penguin that walks students through puzzles and challenges characteristic of the ST Math program.

"Giving back to the communities in which we work and do business is at the forefront of our operations at Hyundai," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "We are committed to being a good corporate citizen by helping to provide a brighter academic future for today's youth. Our corporate social responsibility strategy is to find innovative ways to solve important problems in society."

This is the second ST Math program that Hyundai has funded as a corporate gift at a Fountain Valley school, and the fourth in California. Improving accessibility and the quality of public education is part of Hyundai’s corporate social responsibility.

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